Motor Scooter Accident Lawyers in Phoenix
Motor scooters are a form of personal transportation that has become hugely popular in the past few years. These vehicles are affordable, and better for the environment - something many Arizonans are concerned about. They can be bought just about anywhere, from retail stores to car dealerships. But what happens if you get into an accident while on one?
According to the Arizona DOT, a motor-driven cycle is any vehicle that is designed to operate faster than 20 miles per hour but has a five horsepower or fewer engine. However, many motor scooters have more powerful engines, which leaves them in the same category as motorcycles. As such, anyone who drives a motor scooter must have a valid motorcycle license or endorsement. In addition, motor scooters must always have a valid title, registration, and insurance in case they are involved in an accident. However, unlike motorcycles, motor scooters are exempt from Arizona’s emission testing requirements.
Arizona’s motorcycle laws also apply to motor scooters. Those under the age of 18 must wear a motorcycle helmet at all times, and all riders must wear protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield. If the motor scooter has a full protective windshield, this protective gear is not necessary.
It is important to note that when motor scooters have less than five horsepower and are not designed to be driven over 20 miles per hour, they are less regulated. An operator does not have to wear protective gear and can travel on the same paths and routes as both motor vehicles and bicycles in most Arizona cities, though local ordinances do apply.
Because motor scooters are considered largely the same as motorcycles, the same laws of negligence apply when they are in an accident. If the motor scooter operator is at fault for the accident, he or she may be held liable if there are significant injuries or property damage.
On the other hand, car drivers are responsible for watching for motor scooters and obeying the rules of the road. When drivers fail to do this, they can be held liable for any accidents that occur as a result. If the motor scooter operator sustains significant injuries or property damage, he or she can hold the other driver liable for paying compensation for the injuries and damages.
Negligence can be tough to determine in any accident. When motor scooters are involved, it can be even more difficult, because most people (even lawyers) aren’t familiar with state and local laws governing motor scooters.
If you were injured in an accident while riding your motorized scooter, you should speak to an experienced Phoenix vehicle attorney right away. Call Breyer Law Offices, P.C., today at (602) 267-1280. We will listen to the facts of the case and investigate to determine whether a driver, pedestrian, cyclist, or someone else was at fault for your accident. We are experienced Phoenix motorcycle accident attorneys, and we can help you get any compensation you may be entitled to.
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