Scooter sales have increased dramatically during 2008 – and unfortunately, so have scooter accidents. When gas prices soared over the summer, U.S. sales of motor scooters rose by 66% – and some models, such as the Vespa, increased by more than 100%.
As more scooters leave the showroom and enter Washington roads, however, accidents occur as cars and the slower two-wheeled vehicles interact. What causes so many new scooter accidents?
- Scooter operators aren’t always aware that they may need a motorcycle endorsement to operate a moped or scooter. If the engine is larger than 49 cubic centimeters or the scooter can travel faster than 30 miles per hour, the special endorsement is mandatory.
- Scooters are smaller and lighter than standard motorcycles, making them less stable on road hazards such as potholes or obstructions. When a scooter makes a sudden turn to avoid an obstacle or oncoming vehicle, the operator may find it difficult to maintain control and may be struck by a car or other motorist.
- Other motorists often fail to see small scooters, causing dangerous collisions on the highway.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a scooter accident in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Edmonds, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Renton, Lynnwood, Federal Way, Burien, Everett, Auburn, Kent, Issaquah, Tacoma or anywhere in Washington State, and you need legal representation or advice, contact Kenneth Selander, Jr. by calling 1-800-734-0404 or submit an online contact form.
Kenneth Selander, Jr. has represented victims of traffic accidents in Seattle and throughout the state of Washington. Our firm understands that even when you follow all rules of the road, the drivers of other, larger vehicles may not – and you may end up severely harmed. Scooter accidents can cause extremely traumatic injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Foot and leg injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Making matters worse, there is a prejudice against these alternative vehicles – and many people, including law enforcement and insurance adjusters, assume that the scooter operator is to blame when an accident occurs. That's why when another driver's negligence causes you pain, suffering and costly medical bills, you need experienced legal representation from a firm familiar with Washington accident claims and liability law. With more than 20 years of experience in all kinds of injury claims, Kenneth Selander, Jr. has built his reputation aggressively and ethically fighting for the legal rights of victims and their families. In fact, Washington Law & Politics Magazine has named Kenneth Selander, Jr. a SuperLawyer. That honor is conferred on only the top 5% of attorneys in Washington State.
When you contact the law firm of Selander O'Brien PLLC, you ensure that your case receives the full commitment of a skilled legal team. We handle each case on an individual basis, and we treat you and your family with the respect and compassion you deserve. We have earned the respect of our clients.
Here's what one client had to say about our work: "The case did turn out to be more difficult than originally thought, but Ken's experience, preparation and knowledgeable insight earned for me all the compensation I had coming. Easy to work with and a great, easy-going sense of humor too. He has my highest recommendation."
For help with your scooter accident claim in Seattle or across Washington State, contact Kenneth Selander, Jr. today by calling 1-800-734-0404 toll-free or submit an online contact form. We do not charge attorney fees unless we recover damages for your case.