Safety Concerns for Scooter Owners
Scooters have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation over the last several years. While these vehicles have been around for nearly 100 years, they have recently become more popular among young drivers in U.S. cities. Scooters are like small motorcycles and can be identified by their step-through frame and the fact that they have a platform for the driver’s feet. They have long been popular in Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world, but have seen a burst of popularity in the U.S. recently. In fact, sales have gone up more than 50% since 2000.
What are the Dangers?
Many people view scooters as safer versions of motorcycles. They tend to have less power and speed than motorcycles, which in some ways does make the operators of these smaller vehicles safer. However, there are still several safety concerns for scooter drivers and passengers:
- Size: Scooters are smaller than most motorcycles. Car and truck drivers tend to have a hard time seeing or maintaining awareness of any vehicles that are significantly smaller than their own, and so the scooter’s size can be a disadvantage in this sense. Riders can wear white or brightly colored helmets to increase their visibility.
- Driving conditions: Many scooter owners use these vehicles to navigate crowded traffic situations in congested urban areas. While such traffic is less likely to lead to catastrophic accidents, there are more small accidents and “fender benders.” While such an accident might not be much of a worry for a big truck, an unprotected rider on a scooter could be seriously injured in such an incident.
- Operator demographic: Scooter drivers tend to be younger, and thus less experienced at driving in general, and they may be less prepared to make split-second decisions.
It is important for scooter owners not to be lulled into a false sense of security because of the smaller size of their motor bikes. Maintaining alertness is key to staying safe.
Call the Madison motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to speak with someone about your legal options if you or someone you love has suffered injuries or other losses in a scooter-related accident.