A moped or motorized scooter could be a great form of transportation for you; they are economical, better for the environment than cars, and are easy to park. However, riding a moped does come with a set of unique hazards that all riders should be aware of:
- Low speeds. A moped can only travel at speeds up to 40 miles per hour – but they share a roadway with vehicles that can travel much faster. Riders absolutely need to stay off of roads with high speed limits and must be aware of their speed in relation to others nearby.
- Passing traffic. Because mopeds do not travel as quickly as cars, riders should use their rear view mirrors often to observe approaching vehicles and passing cars. In addition, riders should drive as near to the right side of the road as possible.
- Pavement problems. Like motorcycles, motorized scooters are susceptible to wipeouts and skidding on uneven pavement, gravel, potholes, railroad tracks, and other inconsistencies in the road.
- Road rage. Unfortunately, many other drivers don’t understand how to share the road with mopeds – and too often, poor drivers will react with tailgating, reckless driving, and other illegal driving maneuvers that endanger themselves and others.
- Head injuries. Because they are not protected by a protective enclosure, moped riders are much more susceptible to traumatic brain injuries in the case of an accident or collision. The best protection against these serious injuries is wearing a well-fitting helmet whenever you are on your scooter.
Have you been injured in a crash involving a moped? Speak with a Dallas motorcycle accident attorney at Rasansky Law Firm today.