Many people choose to operate motor scooters or mopeds as a gas efficient and cheaper mode of transportation. While lighter and less powerful, the motor scooter requirements in Phoenix are fairly similar to those of motorcycles.
If you are interested in operating a motor scooter or moped in the area, it is important that you are aware of the specific laws and regulations surrounding these vehicles. By speaking with an experienced local attorney, you could familiarize yourself with these requirements and better protect yourself from serious collisions.
There is a significant difference between motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, and electric bicycles. What it comes down to is power, or the size of the engine.
In Phoenix, a vehicle is considered a moped if it has a 1.5 horsepower or less engine and a max speed of 25 miles an hour. On the other hand, an electric bike can only go up to 20 miles an hour. Motor scooters are similar to motorcycles but have only five horsepower engines.
People who operate motor scooters are required to follow the same laws as motorcyclists. This includes riding the vehicle on the street with traffic, using their signals to turn, and following posted speed limits. Drivers are also required to treat motor scooter riders the same respect as motorcyclists, such as providing at least three feet of space when passing. If a motorist collides with a person riding a motor scooter, a local attorney could hold them legally liable for the resulting damages.
People who ride mopeds or motor scooters are required to carry the same special license as those who operate motorcycles. Mopeds are also required to be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Notably, if the motor scooter’s engine is under five horsepower, then a license is not necessary.
The insurance requirements for motor scooters is the same as those for a car. The mandatory minimum insurance coverage is $25,000 of liability insurance and $15,000 in property damage insurance. However, attorneys in Phoenix encourage people who use motor scooters to invest in uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage as well.
This is because accidents involving motor scooters and mopeds typically result in catastrophic injuries. These injuries generally require substantial treatment which can accumulate steep medical expenses. Unfortunately, many defendant’s insurance coverages cannot fairly compensate the injured party. However, uninsured or underinsured coverage could make up the difference in order to help someone injured in a motor scooter wreck fully recover.
Motor scooters and mopeds offer an efficient and cost-friendly way to commute around the area. However, like motorcycles, they can leave riders susceptible to severe harm in the event of a wreck. By following the motor scooter requirements in Phoenix, you could better protect yourself from serious harm and ensure you are fairly compensated in the unfortunate event of a wreck.
If you would like to know more about state laws regarding motor scooters, or were involved in a motor scooter crash, contact our office today. Our team of hardworking attorneys could answer any questions you may have during a free consultation.