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Michael Gunzburg, P.C. New York City Personal Injury Lawyer
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New York City Moped Accident Lawyer

Mopeds and electric scooters have become a more common sight on New York City streets these days, in significant part fueled by technology startups like Revel. And while mopeds do offer a relatively quick and convenient way to move through the city’s frequently congested streets, they also carry significant safety risks for the operator. The reality is that a moped affords effectively no protection in the event of a collision with another vehicle–and many traditional motorists do not always exercise due consideration when it comes to sharing the road with mopeds.

If you have been injured in an accident while riding a moped, you can seek full compensation for your injuries, lost income, and other damages from the negligent motorist who hit you. Our New York City moped accident lawyers can help. Michael Gunzburg, P.C., is a New York personal injury law firm with nearly 37 years experience in helping accident victims from throughout the city in asserting their legal rights following an avoidable accident involving a moped or electric scooter.

Why Moped Accidents Frequently Occur in New York City

Moped accidents are often the result of a negligent motorist–i.e., someone driving a four-wheel vehicle–not following the rules of the road. In most cases the motorist is not deliberately trying to hurt a moped operator. As a matter of civil law, however, intent is irrelevant. What matters is whether or not the motorist acted in a reasonably safe and legal manner given the conditions.

Here are just a few examples of how a reckless motorist can cause a moped accident:

  • The driver fails to check their blind spots for mopeds.
  • The driver is speeding and cannot come to a safe stop before colliding with a moped.
  • The driver is distracted, fatigued, or impaired by alcohol or drugs and simply fails to see the moped before it is too late.
  • The driver of a vehicle parked on the street opens their door without looking and a moped approaching from behind hits the open door.

Unlike accidents involving four-wheel vehicles, mopeds are not covered by New York’s no-fault insurance laws. This means that even if you have moped insurance, your carrier is not required to cover your own injuries in the event of an accident. (In some cases, you can purchase additional coverage to provide such benefits.) This means that you can immediately sue the negligent driver who hit you and file a claim against their insurance company. Unlike no-fault accident cases, you do not have to exceed a certain statutory threshold or prove you sustained a “serious injury” as defined by state law.

Reach Out to Our New York City Moped Accident Lawyers for Help

A moped accident can leave you with serious injuries that affect your ability to continue working and live a normal life. So when your accident was someone else’s fault, you can and should take legal action to demand full and appropriate compensation. Your first step is to speak with a qualified New York City moped accident lawyer. Call Michael Gunzburg, P.C., at 212-725-8500 today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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