Mopeds certainly have a lot going for them. They cost far less than cars or motorcycles, they use far less fuel, and they seem like a fun way to get around town. Some people even use them for their commute if they live close enough to work.
But are mopeds safe? Or are you taking on a risk by riding one that outweighs all of these positive aspects?
There are pros and cons to mopeds
The truth is that there are pros and cons that you must consider. For instance, motorcyclists often complain about drivers simply not seeing them. A moped is both smaller and lower to the ground than a motorcycle, so that risk is even greater.
On the other hand, mopeds tend to have much smaller engines. Motorcycles can often go as fast as cars, but some mopeds are going to max out at 25 or 45 miles per hour. You can get hurt at any speed, of course, but you’re not going to be driving at 70 miles per hour when you crash on a moped, and that can help reduce the odds of a severe injury.
In general, though, motorcycles and mopeds just share the same risks. The rider is exposed on either one. A moped that gets hit by a car is going to take most of the force since the car weighs so much more. You’re putting yourself at risk because other drivers can make mistakes that put you in the hospital.
What should you do if you’re injured?
If you do get hit and injured by a negligent driver while riding a moped, you need to know how to seek compensation. This can help cover medical bills and much more. Working with an attorney is usually the best way to protect your interests against the insurance company’s mechanisms, so don’t hesitate to seek assistance.