On Monday, the Chicago Tribune posted an article involving a middle-aged woman involved in a scooter accident. She was driving a scooter when a minivan struck her. She was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead later in the afternoon.
Operating a scooter is similar to bicycles, motorcycles, or other smaller vehicles. They are not necessarily easy to see, so when riding a smaller vehicle it is important to make yourself visible, to protect yourself and others. Also, for other drivers on the road it is important to avoid distractions in order to better pay attention to other drivers on the road, including smaller vehicles such as scooters.
According to Motorcycle-Accidents, about 50 people are killed in moped/scooter accidents annually. It also continues on to say that almost 75% of motorcycle accidents (a category that mopeds often fall under) involved a collision with another motorist, like the accident discussed earlier. It also states that, “in the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents”, also similar to this accident.
According to the Illinois Rules of the Road, in order to operate a moped you must have a driver’s license, and follow all traffic signs, signals, and laws. Scooter drivers should follow the same laws as bicyclists in Illinois. They also must stay in certain speed zones, due to the fact that they cannot go over 30 miles per hour. Also, when driving at night, they need to have a headlight, and a red rear reflector. It is important that Illinois moped operators follow these rules and regulations in order to ensure the safety of all motorists on the road.
Our Chicago accident attorneys have handled many accident lawsuits and urge drivers to pay attention to all vehicles on the road- from semis to bikes. Due to the increased popularity of scooters, we hope to remind motorists on the road must to pay attention for scooters and always be courteous and share the road. Sometimes smaller vehicles are not always visible, so it is important to always be mindful before making turns or stops. One way to do so is to avoid distractions and follow rules and regulations. In doing so, you will protect yourself and others in smaller vehicles. If you have been injured in any type of accident, or have lost a loved one due to a negligent motorist, our Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to help you receive fair compensation, and some peace of mind in knowing that negligent parties were held accountable. These types of lawsuit not only help to receive fair compensation, but also bring attention to the issues at hand. Please contact us to discuss your potential lawsuit.