Mopeds, along with motor scooters, are classified under New York law as “limited use motorcycles.” These two-wheel vehicles are lighter and quieter than the average motorcycle and typically cannot reach the same speeds. However, mopeds can still be dangerous for riders in the event of an accident. According to a study conducted by the University of Iowa, from 2002-2014, there were an estimated 108,229 adult moped-related emergency room visits in the U.S.
Moped riders can suffer severe, life-threatening injuries in an accident. If you’ve been injured riding a moped due to another party’s negligence, contact William Mattar Law Offices as soon as possible. Our accident attorneys can guide you through every step of the legal process. Just call (844) 444-4444 to talk to a team member today.
New York Moped Laws and Requirements
There are a few basic requirements for riding a moped legally in New York, as outlined by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Riders must have a valid driver’s license and register their moped. There are three classifications for mopeds: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Riders who want to operate a Class A moped (which can reach higher speeds) must obtain a Class M or Class MJ driver license or learner permit.
In New York, riders must follow the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Mopeds are not allowed on sidewalks. Additionally, Class B and C moped rider can only drive in right-hand lanes or shoulders on highways, while riders of Class A mopeds can ride in any traffic lane.
Causes of Moped Accidents
The causes of moped accidents mirror many of the same causes of motorcycle accidents. Both types of vehicles are smaller than a typical passenger car, SUV, or truck. For this reason, other motorists may not see mopeds on the road, and overall lack of visibility can contribute to a potential accident. Motorists who take turns or change lanes in front of a moped rider without seeing them or checking their mirrors can collide with the rider.
Other factors such as speeding, distractions, and alcohol impairment can also increase the risk of an accident involving a moped. Additionally, road hazards such as dangerous speed bumps and potholes can cause moped riders to be thrown off their vehicle and suffer injuries.
The University of Iowa study revealed a few common trends among moped accidents that resulted in injuries. These moped accident trends included:
- Accidents were most common in the summer months and on weekdays;
- Three-fourths of injured riders were male;
- One-half of injured riders were wearing helmets;
- Two-thirds of accidents occurred at less than or equal to 20 mph; and
- Accidents were predominantly “non-collision crashes.”
Who is at Fault for a Moped Accident?
Many moped accidents occur because of a negligent driver – whether the driver failed to check for a moped before making a left turn or rear-ended a rider at a stoplight. Like motorcyclists, moped riders are vulnerable in a collision and can suffer devastating injuries. When a reckless or distracted driver causes a moped accident, they are likely at fault and therefore liable for damages.
There are cases where moped riders are injured in a “non-collision” accident. In other words, these cases do not involve a collision with another motorist or person. There may still be an at-fault party in a non-collision accident. For instance, a poorly maintained road or street can pose a danger to a moped rider, causing an accident. In this circumstance, the municipality or landowner responsible for maintaining the road could potentially be at fault for the accident.
If you’ve been hit and injured by a driver riding a moped, contact us today. We can assess the situation and work to find a source of compensation for your injuries.
Hurt in a Moped Accident? Call William Mattar.
If you have been seriously injured in a moped accident, call us today. The accident attorneys at William Mattar Law Offices help injury victims across New York State. We will keep your best interests in mind and fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free and confidential initial consultation today by calling (844) 444-4444 or completing our free consultation form.