Motorized scooters are an essential mode of transportation for many people, and for others, they are a fun and convenient way to get from A to B. Using motorized scooters safely is important, regardless of why you’re using them. They may not match a Mercedes for speed but they can go fast enough to cause serious injuries if you are involved in a collision or accident.
You have an obligation to yourself and those around you to operate motorized scooters with due care and diligence. To stay safe, follow these essential safety 101 tips for motorized scooters.
You wouldn’t go out on a motorcycle without protective gear, and motorized scooters aren’t much different. Always wear a helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and make sure your shoes are close-toed. Additionally, wearing a high-visibility jacket at night will help ensure that motorists are able to clearly see you when you cross their paths.
Motorized scooters can take off quickly, so make sure to ease into starting. Familiarize yourself with the handles and braking tabs to get used to the response and feel of the motorized scooter. You don’t want to test the brakes in an emergency. A few slow laps around your property will give you the opportunity to accelerate gradually and get comfortable.
Pay Attention to Traffic
Motorized scooters are vehicles, too, so you will want to keep a close eye on surrounding traffic. Pay especially close attention at intersections and respect traffic laws. Avoid distracted driving and resist the temptation to speak on your phone. You will need both hands on the handles at all times.
Motorized scooters and alcohol are not a good mix. If you have been drinking, treat your motorized scooter like it is a car and leave the keys behind. In general, observe the same rules for driving any other vehicle under the influence and just don’t do it.
A motorized scooter is not a toy – if you hit a pedestrian, it could cause serious injury to both of you. Head injuries are common in motorized scooter accidents, which is why you should wear a helmet, despite anything you have been told to the contrary.
Involved in a Motorized Scooter Accident?
Have you been involved in a motorized scooter accident, even though you followed all the safety recommendations? If you suspect the accident was not your fault, you may have a case for claiming compensation from another involved party. H. Lehman Franklin P.C. welcomes you to reach out to our team of legal experts if you need a personal injury consultation.
We have experience and understanding in motorized scooter accidents, including laws which may apply in your circumstances. Pick up the phone and call our offices at912-764-9616, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are your trust local law firm for any questions you may have about claiming compensation in Georgia.