Denver Moped Accident Attorneys
When the weather allows for it, riding a motor scooter is one of the best ways to get around Denver. Feeling the wind and enjoying the scenery without the exhaustion of pedaling a bike can be exhilarating. As long as you ride safely, you should feel confident taking a moped or motor scooter on the same roads as cars and trucks.
Unfortunately, other drivers are often reckless around mopeds, and do not always consider the safety of the riders. The negligence of another driver can easily cause a collision, and since a person on a moped lacks the protection of an enclosed vehicle, he or she may suffer catastrophic injuries.
If you have been struck by a motorist while operating your motor scooter around Denver, we want to fight for you. Call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 665-2929 to take action against the negligent driver who harmed you. Your consultation is free.
In Colorado, a motor scooter is defined as any vehicle with no more than three wheels, which is self-propelled by a motor. To qualify as a moped, not a motorcycle, the vehicle’s engine cannot exceed 50cc (cubic centimeters) for traditional engines, or exceed 4,476 watts if powered electrically. Motor scooters should not be confused with e-scooters, which are smaller vehicles similar to a foot-powered scooter but with a small engine attached.
Anyone operating a moped must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license, and may be required to wear a helmet and eye protection. All such motor scooters must be registered with the state and covered by an appropriate insurance policy.
Mopeds cannot be driven on interstate and major highways, nor are they allowed in certain restricted areas. Otherwise, a moped can be driven on the street in the same lanes as a car, but can also use bicycle lanes when it is safe to do so.
The greatest danger to a moped driver is other drivers who are being negligent. Mopeds are similar to bicycles in that they afford very little protection to the rider in the event of a collision. Anyone who is struck by another driver while on a moped can suffer serious, even catastrophic, injuries. This includes road rash, which results from friction when a person is thrown from a moped and strikes the ground. Road rash is painful and presents a serious risk of infection, so professional medical treatment is often necessary to avoid future issues. Broken bones, spinal trauma, and traumatic brain injuries are also common in moped-car collisions.
Drivers are considered negligent when they behave in a way that another reasonable person wouldn’t in the same situation. A driver who goes too fast and tailgates a moped would certainly be acting in a negligent manner. Similarly, a driver who fails to recognize the rights of a moped to be on the road and cuts it off, causing a single-vehicle crash, could also be considered negligent.
If you or someone you love has been struck by another driver while riding on a moped, then you deserve compensation for your injuries. Reach out to the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, at (303) 665-2929 to talk about your options with a Denver car accident attorney.
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