Man Dead After Moped Accident, Driver Arrested for Drunk Driving

Multicolored mopeds in the parking lot in the city

Mopeds don’t offer much protection to their rider in an auto accident.


59-Year-Old Man Dead in Moped Accident, Driver Arrested

According to a KSAT News report, a man was killed while riding a Moped in an early-morning accident involving an intoxicated driver.

Police reported the accident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. at an intersection on Lockhill Selma and Warzbach Parkway on the North Side. The driver of the Moped was attempting to make a turn when he was hit by an SUV and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV did not cause the accident, according to police, but was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The SUV driver was identified as 40-year-old Paul Samaniego.

Did You Know?

E-scooter riders have 3x as many accidents as motor vehicle and bike operators.

Motor Scooter/E-scooter Accidents in San Antonio

E-scooters are an increasingly popular way to get around downtown San Antonio and around campus. They’re pretty easy to use, have a lower environmental impact, and don’t need special licensing. Unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous.

Motor scooters like Mopeds and E-scooters are involved in three times as many accidents per year than other forms of transportation. Let’s take a look at why these accidents happen, some safety tips for riding E-scooters and Mopeds, and how to get help after an accident.

Why So Many Accidents?

A study conducted last year in Oslo, Norway, sheds some light on the subject. After comparing data from 2,341 bicycle accidents and 850 E-scooter accidents, they found that most E-scooter accidents involved:

  • Intoxicated Drivers — 39% of all E-scooter accidents studied involved intoxicated drivers.
  • Young Adults — The average age of an E-scooter rider was 31 years, and the age distribution was between 20 and 40 years, much younger than bicycle riders.
  • Nighttime Driving — 66.4% of E-scooter accidents happen between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Male Drivers — Men were overrepresented in the study, most likely due to general risk-taking behavior prevalence.
  • Weekends — 46.6% of accidents occurred on weekends, while most bicycle accidents happen during weekdays.

According to this study, the most prevalent cause of E-scooter accidents appears to be young, drunk operators.

Tips for Safely Operating E-scooters in San Antonio

E-scooters are an incredibly useful form of transportation when used properly. Here’s some tips on how to keep yourself safe while riding an E-scooter:

  1. Wear a Helmet — E-scooter riders are far more likely to receive head and neck injuries in an accident. Wearing a helmet protects you from severe head injury and TBI.
  2. Don’t Drink and Ride — Drinking alcohol reduces your coordination and critical thinking abilities, which are crucial for the safe operation of an E-scooter.
  3. Wear High-Visibility Clothing — Most E-scooter accidents happen at night. Make sure drivers can see you by wearing bright clothing and staying out of a vehicle’s blind spot.

Even if you do everything right, you can still be seriously injured in an E-scooter accident.

Liability in E-scooter Accidents

If you were injured in an E-scooter accident, the following parties may be to blame:

  • Negligent Drivers — if you were hit by a car or motorcycle.
  • The Manufacturing Company — if your E-scooter is defective.
  • Other E-scooter riders — if you were hit by another scooter.

Don’t fight by yourself. If you were hurt in an E-scooter accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help.

Hire Carabin Shaw E-scooter Accident Lawyers in San Antonio

Our attorneys are prepared to help those injured in electric scooter accidents in San Antonio. We have served the San Antonio area for 30 years, and we have the resources necessary to take your claim to court if we need to. Contact our team today at 800-862-1260 for a free case evaluation. We put our clients first because we care. We look forward to serving you.

¹KSAT News report

²E-scooter Study


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