Automobile accidents are dangerous and scary, but what if you have nothing to protect you? No “crumple zone” between you and the collision? No steel roll cage, no airbags, no seat belts? Though scooter accidents are less common than auto accidents, they can be far more devastating. If you are hurt in a scooter accident or motorcycle accident due to the negligent driving of another motorist, you may need to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney in Washington. The Advocates have an attorney available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your situation and help you determine the best course of action.
Statistically speaking, you are much less likely to have a scooter accident than an auto, or even a motorcycle accident. Generally, scooter and motorcycle accident statistics are lumped together, but scooter accidents are less common because they travel at lower speeds. They are generally less fatal than motorcycle accidents for this reason. It is still true that two wheels are less stable than four, but if you follow some simple safety measures, you are much less likely to become part of such statistics.
One of the biggest reasons for scooter accidents is a lack of visibility. When you can’t be seen by other motorists, you are at greater risk for collision. One of the most effective ways to stay safe on a scooter is to MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE. The more bright and colorful your clothing, the better. One study suggests that when wearing reflective or florescent clothing, your risk of injury resulting from a crash was reduced by 37%. By wearing a white helmet, you can reduce your risk by 24%, and by using headlights, you reduce your risk by 27%. The message is clear. You need to BE SEEN. Wearing other protective clothing such as gloves, boots, tough pants, and a jacket with shoulder and elbow padding can also reduce your risk of injury. Of course, you should ALWAYS wear a helmet.
It is also important to know the size and capabilities of your vehicle. Always be on the lookout for an escape route, should you be faced with an impending accident. If you have no escape route, slow down until one becomes visible. Anticipate moves of other drivers while being careful not to make assumptions about how they will react.
In summary, wear the appropriate protective clothing, make yourself visible, and slowdown in order to ride your scooter as safely as possible.