Two-wheeled vehicles will be kept under a watchful eye by South Carolina state troopers with the upcoming fall bike rally, reports Carolina Live. Mopeds and scooters are populating Carolina roadways more frequently these days, which is making riders more susceptible to being involved in a car accident in Greensboro or Spartanburg. Motorists don’t always spot the smaller and less noisy vehicles in time which can put them at risk of a collision.
Charlotte accident lawyers saw in the news recently that a South Carolina backup quarterback was injured in a scooter accident on campus.
Scooters have become a popular mode of transportation on college campuses. The South Carolina Gamecocks’ sophomore reserve had just picked up a pizza and was riding with one hand on his scooter when he crashed around 2 a.m.
He was found unconscious along the side of the road. The athlete suffered a concussion, needed stitches and was told to sit out from practices and competition for two to three weeks. The coach hopes the lesson learned by his teammates as they travel around campus on their scooters is that safety comes first. Keeping both hands on the handlebars is an important safety precaution in order to maintain control, not lose balance and avoid a collision.
South Carolina Highway Patrol recently published materials pointing out the differences in state law regarding mopeds and scooters. They recently sent out a pamphlet to all the law enforcement agencies detailing the updated differences in state law regarding the two vehicles. To clear up any confusion for riders of these two-wheeled vehicles, the SCHP clarifies the following key points highlighted in the pamphlet:
- Mopeds contain engines 50cc or smaller versus a scooter which typically has an engine of 125 cubic centimeters and up.
- Mopeds must be clearly marked with a moped tag and travel at a maximum speed of 25 mph.
- Both vehicles are permitted on any South Carolina highway.
- Scooter riders are required to have a motorcycle license and to insure their scooter as opposed to moped riders needing a Glass G or regular driver’s license. Mopeds do not need to be insured.
- A moped can be operated by a 14-year-old versus a scooter requires minimum age of 15 to operate.
- An operator or rider is not required to wear a helmet when using either of the two-wheeled vehicles.
Much of the concern for moped and scooter riders stems from patrol officers finding them practicing unsafe behaviors. For instance, many mopeds are spotted riding in the far left lane of a four lane highway, which is typically considered the fast lane for vehicles. Considering mopeds can only travel at a speed of 25 mph, it makes it quite dangerous for them to be mixed in with other motorists in the fast lane. In distributing the pamphlet, the SCHP hopes that riders will become more aware of their surroundings, become more visible, wear protective gear, avoid heavily traveled routes and travel during non-peak time periods.
For more information about how to obtain a moped or scooter license, visit South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles online.
If you or a family member has been involved in a moped or scooter accident in North or South Carolina, contact the experienced accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free no-obligation appointment.
Troopers spell out legal differences between mopeds, scooters, by Joel Allen, Carolina Live.
More Blog Entries:
Driver Inexperience Can Lead to a High Risk for Moped Accidents in Gastonia, Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, September 19, 2011.
Statesville Scooter Accidents a High Risk During Height of Motorcycle Season in North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 7, 2011.