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If you’ve been in a Virginia motor scooter accident, we can help

Motor scooters are convenient. Many riders appreciate how easy they are to park, as well as their reduced carbon footprint. Motor scooters are smaller than motorcycles, and they have different rules for riders in Virginia.

Motor scooter riders have the same right to use the roads as everyone else. When drivers get distracted and fail to look out for motor scooters, the results can be tragic. Motor scooter riders may suffer serious injuries in crashes caused by vehicles.

Call our skilled Virginia personal injury lawyers if you were injured in any type of motor vehicle accident. We have a long and successful track record in winning settlements and verdicts for our clients.

When you put your trust in GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, you don’t pay anything unless we win. We call it our Zero Fee Guarantee.

Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to schedule a free consultation today.

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What is a motor scooter?

Virginia defines a motor scooter or a moped as a vehicle that meets the following criteria:

  • Fewer than three wheels touching the ground
  • A seat at least 24 inches high
  • A gasoline, hybrid, or electric motor that’s 50 cubic centimeters or less
  • A maximum speed of 35 mph

By contrast, a two-wheeled vehicle with a motor that’s larger than 50 cc is considered a motorcycle, and Virginia law requires riders to have both a driver’s and a motorcycle license to operate a motorcycle.

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What are the rules for riding a motor scooter in Virginia?

Motor scooter and moped riders in Virginia are subject to the following rules:

  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • You do not need a driver’s license.
  • You must carry a valid Virginia photo ID.
  • A helmet and eye protection are required.
  • You cannot ride on a sidewalk.
  • Stay to the right of traffic unless preparing to turn.
  • No riding with headphones or earbuds.
  • Your brakes must work.

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What causes motor scooter accidents?

Motor scooters are smaller and more difficult to see than motorcycles. That’s why drivers must remain alert and use care, especially in areas where scooters and mopeds are common. These vehicles are popular among students, so you are most likely to see them in college towns such as Charlottesville, Fairfax, Williamsburg, and Harrisonburg.

The following unsafe driving practices make it more likely that a vehicle will crash into a motor scooter:

  • Distracted driving
  • DUI
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Ignoring traffic laws
  • Careless turns
  • Hasty merges and lane changes

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How can your Virginia accident attorney help?

GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will investigate your accident to find out exactly what happened. Our experienced Virginia personal injury lawyers will review the police report, interview witnesses, and collect forensic evidence to build a case. We also rely on expert witnesses who know how to evaluate the accident and explain what happened to a jury.

Once our investigation is complete, GibsonSingleton can file a claim or a lawsuit against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries. This may include:

  • Careless drivers
  • Motor scooter rental companies
  • Manufacturers of defective parts
  • Businesses that employ unsafe drivers
  • Pedestrians, cyclists, and other scooter riders
  • Contractors and those responsible for road safety

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What types of damages are available to someone involved in a motor scooter accident?

Even when you ride defensively and wear the right safety equipment, a motor scooter crash may result in serious injuries. These accidents are even more hazardous when they are caused by the driver of a car or truck, a delivery van, or a big rig truck.

In response to a motor scooter collision, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can file a claim or a lawsuit that includes these types of damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical devices
  • Disfigurement
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Wheelchair access for your home
  • Occupational therapy
  • Wrongful death

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What types of injuries are caused by motor scooter accidents?

Unlike people traveling inside a vehicle with seatbelts, a reinforced cabin, and airbags to protect them, a person on a motor scooter is completely vulnerable to the careless actions of unsafe drivers.

Riders can experience severe injuries caused by these accidents, including:

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Were you injured by a careless driver in Virginia?

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, helping people get the resources they need to get better after an accident is not just a job for us. We consider it to be our calling.

We have a thorough understanding of what you’re going through after a senseless crash because both of our partners have been injured in wrecks. One of our mottos is “big city experience, small town care.” We treat all our clients with respect and compassion, and we always have time to speak with you about your case. We also bring excellence to every client, based on years of experience.

Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today.

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