Mopeds are not only fun to ride, they’re an eco-friendly way of reaching your destination, with most boasting smaller engines than a typical motorcycle – and being easier to ride. But the dangers of riding a moped could mean that if you’re involved in an accident, you’re left seriously injured. For a start, you’re less protected on a moped than you are when driving a car, which could lead to some of the following types of accidents and injuries.
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- Hit by another vehicle. If you’re hit by another vehicle whilst riding your moped, you could suffer serious injuries, depending on the speed you and the other vehicle are travelling at – and the vehicle in question. Broken bones, crush injuries, head injuries and lacerations are all common moped collision injuries.
- Collision with a pedestrian crossing the road. If you’re riding your moped and a pedestrian steps out onto the road without looking where they’re going, you could be involved in a collision which could leave you suffering from broken bones, whiplash or even a serious head injury.
- Collision caused by bad weather. Mopeds are not designed for use in wintery conditions, unlike cars. If you’re riding your moped in ice and snow, you might skid and collide with another vehicle, pedestrian or object.
- Mechanical failure. If the moped you’re riding isn’t in good working condition, you could be injured in an accident. For example, if you’re a delivery driver riding a moped for work and your boss hasn’t ensured the moped is safe to drive, you could be injured if the brakes fail or the tyres are flat.
- Hit by flying debris on the road. When you’re riding a moped, you have less protection than when you’re driving a car. If the vehicle in front hits debris on the road at speed – anything from a plastic bag to a log or car hub cap – it could fly up and hit you in the face or on the head, causing a crash which could lead to serious injuries.
Why you deserve compensation after your moped accident
You deserve to be compensated if you’re injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault. Accident Advice Helpline can help you get the personal injury compensation you’re entitled to. Just call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get advice and start the ball rolling on your 100% no win, no fee claim today.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton