Scooter and moped use has been on the rise in the U.S. since the onset of the last recession and the rise in gas prices. With the rise in use, especially in the Charlotte metro area, there has been a corresponding rise in scooter accidents and injuries on the roadways.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 841 reported crashes involving a moped or motor scooter in 2012. In a staggering 90.1% of those crashes, a rider was injured, and in 3.1%, a rider was killed. In all NC car crashes combined, only 32.82% of the time was there an injury involved, and in only .557% was there a fatality.
Unlike cars, trucks and even motorcycles, scooters and mopeds do not have the same safety features to protect the operator and their passengers from other vehicles on the roadway. Their smaller engines, wheels and lower profile make them a higher risk for accidents on the roadway.
Auger & Auger has been at the forefront of scooter accident and injury claims in the Charlotte region. If you or a loved one has been injured in a moped or scooter accident, you have come to the right place. Whether you have been hit by a car or run off the road, you will face an unsettling fallout- you will be faced with large medical bills, property damage, and injuries that may prevent you from accomplishing day-to-day tasks. You may even face physical or mental disability that prevents you from functioning properly at your job. If you are faced with any of the previous situations or problems, then we can help.
Call our office for a Free Consultation with our moped and scooter accident lawyers. We will handle all aspects of your claim, including helping you locate adequate medical treatment, locating insurance to pay for your medical bills and pursuing a settlement for your lost wages and injuries.
Moped and Scooter drivers face much harsher odds on the roads. Up against a couple thousand pound car traveling at a higher rate of speed, you have a very slim chance of escaping injury free, so under the unfortunate circumstances that you are in an accident, you will probably face much harsher injuries.
Common injuries sustained in moped or scooter crashes include severe road rash, broken bones, organ damage, internal bleeding, and brain damage. In the most serious of cases, injuries will be so severe that a person loses their life. In these extraordinary cases, the families of the deceased are able to pursue wrongful death claims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, the insurance companies for the at-fault driver may approach you in an attempt to illicit a statement before you speak with an attorney. The sole purpose of taking your statement is to hopefully lock you into misconstrued questions and answers that they will use against you for purpose of determining fault or the severity of your injuries at a later date. It is imperative that you speak with an attorney before you speak with the insurance carrier or their team of trained representatives.