Scooter popularity has skyrocketed over the past decade. These small motorcycles have long been popular in Europe, Asia, and other locations with more urban congestion and higher gas prices. However, now that the U.S. is dealing with tough economic times and increasingly crowded cities, these have become a more popular form of affordable transportation. Scooters usually have small engines and a step-through frame. Many owners consider one of the positives of these bikes to be safety, but there are some important issues owners and drivers should consider.
Although scooters are smaller and slower than motorcycles, and thus somewhat safer, they have their own unique risks. Consider the following:
- Size – Small size means that scooters can weave in and out of traffic more easily than big cars. However, it also makes these bikes and their drivers hard to spot. Car and truck drivers have a hard time even spotting motorcyclists on big bikes, simply due to the fact that we tend to make the mistake of visually scanning traffic for vehicles as big as or bigger than our own.
- Operator Experience – Many scooter owners tend to be younger, with less riding experience. Responding to sudden changes in traffic requires skill and good instant reflexes. These might be lacking in some younger owners.
- Driving Conditions – Since many scooter operators ride exclusively in heavy city traffic, it can be easy to feel like this is safer than speeding down an open highway. However, there are a lot of fender-benders and distracted drivers in city traffic. Accidents that would just be a bump for other cars can cause serious injury to a scooter rider.
Drivers can be safe by wearing protective clothing and gear, including a brightly colored or white helmet.
No matter how determined you are to be safe, you cannot prevent others from being distracted or negligent in their actions. Contact the Wisconsin motorcycle accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to speak to one of our dedicated lawyers if you or a loved one was injured in a scooter-related accident.