Getting around Bowling Green does not necessarily require a car or truck. Plenty of local residents, including the 20,000-plus students of Western Kentucky University, have discovered the convenience of navigating the town on two wheels. Bicycles, obviously, are a popular option. But for those needing to travel farther distances more quickly, a moped might do the trick.
Of course, all moped riders should always exercise caution when sharing the roadways with other motor vehicles. In a one-year period, Bowling Green logged 35 collisions involving mopeds, according to the Kentucky State Police. A significant number of those accidents occurred on the streets surrounding WKU. Fortunately, no fatalities resulted. However, 26 people sustained injuries.
Unfortunately, as the number of Bowling Green moped riders increases, riders will likely experience more accidents. After all, during that same time, 12 people died in moped accidents in other cities and towns around the Commonwealth.
When a Bowling Green moped accident causes severe injuries or a tragic death, victims and their families need legal help. Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart and her team can help. Contact her online or at 888-782-9090 to learn more.
Flora Templeton Stuart has gained invaluable experience throughout her decades-long legal career. When she first began representing clients, Attorney Stuart was the lone female lawyer in the local bar. In the years that followed, she earned her clients’ trust and her colleagues’ admiration in case after case. She has secured millions of dollars in compensation for victims of accidental injuries and tragedies in and around Bowling Green.
Today, Flora is a testament to how fighting the good fight day-in, day-out, can make lasting changes in a community.
Mopeds are dangerous machines. Mopeds are marketed as an option for those uninterested in the effort of riding a bike, but fearful of the power and speed of a motorcycle. Mopeds (sometimes referred to as motor scooters) are, in reality, much more like motorcycles than their riders might willingly acknowledge. Kentucky law allows mopeds to reach speeds of 30 miles per hour, far faster than most people ever pedal a bike. At 30 miles per hour, a collision is not just dangerous; it’s likely deadly.
Why and how moped accidents happen is not always easy to determine. Most sources of data lump mopeds and motorcycles together as a single category. The federal National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), for instance, includes mopeds in the broader category of “motorcycles” in its annual “fatal crash facts” report.
The most recent available report reflects the following facts about “motorcycle” accidents across the nation:
Perhaps most concerning, data on Bowling Green moped accidents suggests that accidents most commonly occur in completely ordinary riding conditions. Most Bowling Green moped crashes have occurred during daylight hours. In addition, accidents have also happened on dry, straight roads, in clear or merely cloudy conditions.
In other words, riding a moped is not simply dangerous when the roads are wet and visibility is poor. Most of the injury-causing accidents on mopeds happen when weather and road conditions are not a contributing factor. Rather, the data suggests that human error likely causes most moped accidents in our city. So, again, it is vitally important to operate mopeds with caution.
We are, as we said, lucky that Bowling Green has not seen a fatal moped collision over the past two years. Other Kentucky municipalities have not been so fortunate.
Of course, “luck” is a relative term. Even if a moped rider survives a collision, the rider still faces a significant risk of severe, life-altering injuries. After all, except for a helmet (which a rider should always wear, and must wear by law in some cases), riders have little if any physical protection from injury in a crash. Crashes that result in the rider being thrown from the moped are particularly dangerous.
At the office of attorney Flora Templeton Stuart, we help injured clients seek the compensation they deserve. We have helped clients recover for a wide range of catastrophic injuries resulting from moped (and similar) accidents. Some common serious injuries include:
Of course, this is not a complete list. Getting thrown violently from the seat of a moped can cause riders to sustain just about any injury imaginable. Regardless of the severity of your injury from a Bowling Green moped crash, Flora Templeton Stuart and her team stand ready to help. We will work tirelessly to hold the person or entity who caused your crash accountable.
Who might Flora Templeton Stuart and her team seek to hold accountable for a Bowling Green moped collision? The answer to that question varies widely from accident-to-accident. However, some parties are commonly responsible for compensating victims of moped crashes:
Of course, every moped crash in Bowling Green has its own unique facts. Flora Templeton Stuart and her team know that facts matter in proving legal liability. They are dedicated to digging deep into the details of the accidents that harmed their clients. They will identify any indication of who should be held accountable for the harm caused by the accident.
After establishing who should pay compensation to a client injured in a Bowling Green moped accident, Flora and her team determine how much. Here, too, the details of the specific moped accident will determine the types of compensation the victim might recover.
In general, money damages for Bowling Green moped crashes may include:
Economic (or special) damages reimburse a moped rider for the direct costs of the accident and ensuing injuries. Economic damages may include:
Non-economic (or general) damages compensate the moped rider for the indirect harms flowing from the accident. These harms are more difficult to quantify and may include:
When a Bowling Green moped accident involves especially reckless or outrageous actions, a Kentucky court may also award punitive damages. Punitive or exemplary damages are a form of punishment intended to deter egregious conduct in the future.
A Bowling Green moped accident can disrupt a rider’s life. Accidents are typically extremely stressful and chaotic. The last thing on the minds of injured victims or their families is hiring a lawyer. The painful and upsetting process of recovering from serious injuries takes all of the rider’s energy.
Flora Templeton Stuart and her team know, from experience, how overwhelming life feels after a moped accident. They also know, however, that seeking legal help as soon as possible can maximize a moped accident victim’s recovery. You deserve to obtain every dollar of compensation you need to heal and move forward.
The sooner a moped accident victim speaks with a lawyer, the sooner a lawyer can:
Flora Templeton Stuart has broad experience as an advocate for innocent victims of other people’s carelessness. Let her put her skills and know-how to work for you after a Bowling Green moped accident disrupts your life. Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today online or at (888) 782-9090 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.
Flora Templeton Stuart
607 E 10Th AVE
Bowling Green, KY 42101