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Scooters have seen a surge in popularity over the last decade with children, teenagers and even adults enjoying them. From non-motorized scooters, to higher priced motorized scooters and vespas, scooters can be seen in virtually every neighborhood throughout the state of Colorado. Unfortunately, with this increase in popularity comes an increase in risk. In 2001, the CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) estimated that there were 84,400 emergency room treated injuries relating to non powered scooters alone. While the most common scooter related injuries are fractures and abrasions, occasionally scooter accident can lead to permanent disabilities and even death.
Non Powered Scooters:
Children are the main users of non-powered scooters and unfortunately they are also the ones sustaining the majority of the injuries. Children can fall off their scooters sustaining broken bones, soft tissue injuries and severe head injuries. In addition, automobile drivers are not always aware of children when they are riding their scooters and serious and sometimes fatal accidents can occur. In 2001, 10 children died from fatal scooter accidents, most of them involving an accident with a motor vehicle.
Soaring gas prices often lead many drivers to find alternative methods of transportation and as a result, motorized scooters, or vespas, are seeing an increase in popularity. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 50 people have been killed in motorized scooters between 1998 and 2004. The small frame of a scooter provides little protection during an accident and riders are often thrown from their scooters, sustaining serious head injuries, bone fractures and spinal cord injuries.
If you or someone you love was injured in a scooter accident, it is important to contact a Colorado personal injury attorney immediately to determine if you have reason to file a claim. If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for all of the injuries you sustained.
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