A recent scooter accident in Salisbury has our Statesville car accident lawyers reminding motorists to keep a watchful eye as we are in the height of motorcycle season. Motorized scooters are even more difficult to see and hear as they are much smaller in size and quieter on roadways.
The Salisbury Post reports that a woman was hospitalized with serious head and leg injuries following a crash on her motor scooter. She was driving her moped on Mooresville Road when she collided with another vehicle at an intersection. The driver of the vehicle saw two mopeds riding together, thought he could get through the intersection without hitting them, but collided with the second scooter. The woman was thrown from her scooter and later flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for medical care. The driver of the vehicle was not injured but was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a powered scooter study from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. During that period, there were an estimated 10,015 powered scooter-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms.
Furthermore, almost 23,500 injuries were medically treated (meaning doctor’s offices, clinics or hospitals) during that period that were caused by some sort of power scooter vehicle. Most of the victims were male under the age of 15. The most common types of injuries were hematomas, cuts, bruises and contusions and fractures. A small percentage of injuries (8.4 percent) were concussions or internal organ-related injuries.
Most of us may consider the term scooter to be like a children’s toy but the fact of the matter is they are more like a motorcycle. Motorized scooters to be driven on roadways can be dangerous for inexperienced riders. The North Carolina motorcycle helmet law, which covers mopeds and scooters, dictates that a legal helmet will have a permanent DOT symbol stuck to the back of the helmet. Riders should only use accredited helmets while riding.
Safety tips for scooter users:
- Find and take an approved safety course for scooters near you.
- Never carry a passenger on a scooter that is only meant for one person.
- Ride with your headlights on.
- Travel at a safe speed in the flow of traffic. If your scooter only maintains lower speeds, ride in the right hand lane.
- Obey laws like not sharing a lane, stop signs and yielding the right of way.
- Remain attentive for opening car doors or parked vehicles pulling out of a parking spot that may not see you coming.
- Check the owner’s manual for maximum weight requirements and stay within the parameters when carrying bags or luggage.
Scooter riders should use caution on uneven or gravel roadways. Avoiding an accident is difficult under certain circumstances so drive defensively and always be alert when traveling on roadways.
The injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are experienced in North Carolina scooter accidents so call for a free case evaluation to discuss your claim at 1-800-887-1965.
Woman Hospitalized After Scooter Accident, by Shavonne Potts, Salsibury Post
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