For some, motor scooters are just a fun form of transportation. Others buy or rent them to help cut down on automobile traffic in downtown Chicago while doing their part to save the environment. However, an increase in the number of motor scooters on our roadways may lead to an increase in collisions and injuries. Whether you can be compensated for a motor scooter accident or not depends on the facts of your case and how appropriate laws apply.
Motor Scooter Accidents, Generally
According to a Consumer Reports investigation, about 1,500 people were injured in scooter accidents in the United States. Serious head injuries and broken limbs are common.
Obviously, a scooter does not offer the same protection as an automobile. Relatively lightweight scooters may be more prone to tipping over or flipping occupants onto the ground, sometimes face first. Additionally, most scooter riders do not wear helmets. Companies that rent scooters may not be required to provide them, especially since Illinois law does not have a helmet law. This may lead to serious, life-changing head injuries.
The Damages Incurred in Accidents Involving Motor Scooters
To prove a personal injury claim, you generally have to prove damages or injuries. If you are involved in any kind of accident, it helps to have police reports or medical reports to back up your claim of physical injuries.
Personal property you carried with you on the scooter may also be damaged. Compensation may be available, again, depending on the facts of your case.
If you own the scooter, you may be able to ask for compensation to repair or replace it.
The Responsibility for Motor Scooter Injuries
The person or company that contributed or caused your accident may be held accountable. Under Illinois modified comparative fault, more than one person may be financially responsible. For example, you might be compensated for a motor scooter accident from any of the following:
- The company that rented or sold the scooter,
- Scooter manufacturers,
- Your own insurance company, or
- Other party or parties involved in the accident.
Generally, compensation may be provided as long as the injured party was not more than 50% responsible for the accident. At trial, a jury may assign percentages of responsibility. However, it’s also important to consider the division of fault during settlement negotiations.
Do You Need to Be Compensated for a Motor Scooter Accident?
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