Due to advance in battery technology, many scooters can now travel at significant speeds, some as fast as motorcycles or cars. Although scooters can be a highly efficient and economic method of transportation, the other drivers on the road are not yet used to them, and often collide with the scooters.
Not only are the injuries sustained in scooter accidents as severe, or worse as those sustained in motorcycle accidents, but the law makes any scooter that can reach significant speeds equivalent to a motorcycle in terms of insurance coverage (or rather lack thereof). Specifically, if a scooter capable of reaching certain speeds is involved in an accident with, or gets hit by a car, the rider of the scooter is no longer considered a pedestrian under the law, but rather is considered a motorcyclist. What’s worse, according to New York State law, there is often no “No Fault” coverage or lost wages coverage of any kind for riders of scooters.
Unlike motorcycles though, many scooters cannot even be registered or insured, which makes their riders highly vulnerable in the event of injuries sustained in a collision with a car.
It is imperative that an operator of a scooter that was injured in a car accident hire an attorney who is experienced with handling scooter accidents, as opposed to car or motorcycle accidents.
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