Moped Accident Lawyer
Mopeds are a cheap and environmentally friendly way to get around, and they make for a fun activity. With popular Rhode Island beach areas like Block Island, Narragansett and Newport becoming increasingly congested, more and more people are taking to mopeds as an efficient mode of transportation to the water. However, a fun ride can turn catastrophic in a matter of seconds. Moped Accident lawyer David Tapalian has worked with a number of victims who were seriously injured in moped collisions that required extensive recovery. Whether you are a moped driver, rider, pedestrian or another vehicle that was hit by a moped, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries. The experts at Tapalian Law will work diligently to get you the justice that you deserve.
Though mopeds may seem safer than motorcycles because they cannot travel more than 30 miles per hour, other cars on the road can travel much faster, and a collision can happen to even the most experienced rider. Moped operators do not have the same collision protection as regular vehicles (there are obviously no airbags or seat belts protecting the riders), and they can be subject to detrimental injuries in the event of an accident. If you are hurt in a moped accident in Rhode Island, don’t wait to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Moped Accident Lawyer David Tapalian today for a free assessment of your case.Rhode Island Moped and Motorized Bicycle Laws
Rhode Island laws regarding Mopeds and motorized bikes vary quite a bit from other states. The state of Rhode Island classifies mopeds as “bicycles that have 2 wheels, pedals and a motor, a top speed of 30 mph, and a motor with a cylinder capacity less than 50 cubic centimeters”. Additionally, according to Rhode Island State Laws, to operate a moped you need to have a standard driver’s license in the state, but you do not necessarily need a motorcycle license. You also need to register with the DMV and get regular inspections. Other states have different classifications and may even require you to have separate licenses to operate your moped, so if you are riding out of state you should be aware of the differing laws.
Rhode Island is more lenient than other states in terms of helmet laws. In RI, only newly licensed riders and those under the age of 21 are required by law to wear helmets. Although seasoned drivers are less likely to crash, if they do, the results can be catastrophic without a helmet. Moped Accident Lawyer David Tapalian has dealt with cases in which clients were thrown off their mopeds, and the only reason that their accident was not fatal, was because they were wearing their helmets. In Newport, Rhode Island, a 65 year old man suffered critical injuries to his head because he wasn’t wearing a helmet. A negligent driver hit the man head on, causing him to fall on the road. All moped drivers should consider wearing a helmet, regardless of age.
Driving a moped requires riders to abide by the standard Rhode Island traffic laws that other vehicles, like cars, have to follow. However, because mopeds cannot go faster than 30 mph, riders are required to drive on roads with a minimum speed of less than 30 mph. When drivers fail to abide by these laws, serious accidents are bound to happen. Recently, in Providence, Rhode Island, a moped operator was driving recklessly and weaving in and out of traffic on a busy street, when he fatally crashed into a utility pole. A moped rider’s life should never be put in jeopardy from reckless riding. The legal experts at Tapalian Law have seen dozens of moped accident cases and advise moped drivers and passengers to operate their vehicles safely.Contact Moped Accident Lawyer David Tapalian Today for a Free Consultation
If you were involved in a moped accident, as a driver, passenger, or third party, you deserve the most qualified legal representation. As a moped accident attorney serving Rhode Island, David Tapalian has decades of experience dealing with these cases and has a dedicated team of legal experts to help make your situation less stressful, so you can focus on recovery. We will walk you step by step through the correct procedures to move forward with your claim and can create a plan to strengthen your case to make sure you have the greatest chance of receiving full compensation. Even if you suffered severe injuries in the moped accident and cannot come to our office in downtown Providence, our legal experts can even visit you in your home or at the hospital for your consultation. Moped accident lawyer David Tapalian will work with you personally and directly on your claim to make sure all your bases are covered. However, there is a 3-year statute of limitations on filing a moped accident claim, and the longer you wait, the harder it is to recover your losses from the incident. Call Tapalian Law today or contact us online to set up a free consultation. You have nothing to lose so contact us today!