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If I was in a car accident while riding a moped or motorized bike, am I considered a pedestrian?

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If you were injured in a car accident while riding a moped, you are not considered to be a pedestrian. A pedestrian is an individual who is on foot, whereas moped or motorized bicycle riders are expected to follow the same rules to the road as other vehicles when sharing the roadways. Pedestrians should not be sharing roadways and should use sidewalks and crosswalks. 

You may still be entitled to file a personal injury claim if the other driver is at fault for the accident. For help understanding your legal rights, contact a personal injury attorney in Peachtree City, Georgia. 

Ga. Laws Regarding Mopeds 

It helps to know how your mode of transportation is defined. It could make a difference if you were injured in a car accident while riding a moped. 

The Georgia Department of Driver Services describes a moped as a motor driven cycle whose engine does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters. These vehicles may only be used on limited access highways and other roads if the minimum speed limit is 35 mph or less. 

Motorized scooters fit into the same category as motorcycles in the state of Georgia. Therefore, riders must follow the same regulations and laws as motorcyclists when using the roadways. Anybody driving a moped must be at least 15 years old, possess a Class M driver’s license or permit, and riders must wear a motorcycle helmet. 

What to Do if in a Car Accident While Riding a Moped 

Contacting the police is important to make sure that a police report is filed. Also, be sure to exchange contact information with the other party. Of course, if you are seriously injured and require immediate medical attention, this is your first priority. 

If you don’t receive medical attention at the scene or in an emergency department, be sure to see your own doctor as soon as possible. Then make sure you contact your insurance company and tell them about the accident. 

Finally, contact a personal injury attorney in Peachtree City, Ga., at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-487-8999. You may also order our FREE eBook, which can explain some of the mistakes to avoid when filing a claim stemming from a car accident while riding a moped or operating any other vehicle.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia