Some people may not be familiar with a motorized scooter. By definition, a motorized scooter, also referred to as a limited speed motorcycle by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, is a passenger vehicle with a top speed of 70 km/h. It has a gas or electric motor and an automatic transmission. Motorized scooters are becoming a popular form of transportation in Ontario.
To operate a motorized scooter in Ontario, you must obtain a motorcycle license with condition L (M1 and M2-L licenses). You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for a motorcycle license. In addition, you must pass a vision test and a written test about traffic laws. Once you pass your tests, you receive an M1 license. You must complete two learning levels and pass two road tests to receive your M2 license. You then have up to five years to finish the learning process. If you don’t finish before the five years is up, you must begin the process from the beginning again to try to get your full motorcycle license.
For a complete set of the rules governing M1 and M2 licenses, see the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website for motorcycle licenses. You do not want to violate any of the rules for an M1 or M2 license.
Safety Tips for Motorized Scooters
As with a motorcycle or bicycle, you are at an increased risk of injury riding a motorized scooter because of the lack of protection offered by this type of vehicle. Therefore, always wear a helmet and safety equipment (i.e. gloves, knee pads, elbow pads, protective clothing, etc.) to reduce your risk of injury in a motor vehicle accident. In addition to wearing a helmet and protective gear EACH TIME you ride your motorized scooter, remember these safety tips:
- Wear brightly coloured clothing to increase your visibility to other drivers
- Shoes that are slip-resistant and closed in offer the best protection
- Always ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic laws
- Try to avoid hitting potholes, road debris, or other road hazards that can cause you to crash
- Avoid riding on uneven or gravel roads
- Never ride through standing water and avoid puddles
- Don’t ride at night and avoid riding in fog or inclement weather
- Use extra caution when approaching intersections and look for drivers who may turn left in front of your vehicle
- Entrances and exits to parking lots and driveways can be especially dangerous
- Maintain your motorized scooter and have it checked regularly to ensure it is in good working order
- Always keep an eye on tire pressure — underinflated or overinflated tires can cause an accident
- Never operate the vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Avoid driving when drowsy or tired
- Never use your cell phone or another electric device while driving your motorized scooter — avoid all distractions
Injuries in a Motorized Scooter Accident
The injuries in a motorized scooter accident can be severe and result in permanent disabilities. Even a low-speed impact can result in traumatic brain damage (TBI) or paralysis.
Common injuries sustained in a motorized scooter accident include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and brain injuries, including closed head trauma, concussion, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding and internal organ damage
- Loss of limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
When you are injured in a motorized scooter crash, if the other driver is at fault, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
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