Accidents Involving a Low Speed Vehicle
Summer is here and there is a good possibility that you will see a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) driving around your neighborhood. LSV’s are small electric vehicles, similar to golf carts that are street legal.
To drive legally, your LSV must pass an inspection, be registered and titled by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and insured. You must also have a valid driver’s license. An LSV can only go up to 25 mph and is only allowed on roads or highways that have a 35 mph posted speed limit with the exception of crossing a street with a higher posted speed limit.
Since your LSV is street legal, you will need to have the proper insurance. There are specialized policies available for an LSV. Talk to an insurance agent to see what policies will fit your needs the best. I cannot in good conscious advise you to buy this type of coverage online. Talk to someone knowledgeable especially the first time you purchase this type of insurance.
What happens in an accident involving an LSV?
LSV’s can be very dangerous to the drivers and passengers, even under normal operating conditions. Even though LSV’s are equipped with seat belts, windshields, turn signals, brake lights, and mirrors, they do not have windshield wipers, doors, airbags or side impact door beams. They do not have to meet the rigid safety standards that today’s cars and trucks must meet. LSV’s are also not crash-tested by the federal government and their safety records have not been checked on a regular basis.
Since their design and use on roadways shared with other cars, trucks and SUV’s, the potential for serious and even deadly injuries exist. While driving an LSV on the road, always pay close attention since you are at greater risk for injury than other motorists in full-sized vehicles.
If you were injured in an accident involving a full-sized vehicle that was not paying attention or did not see you, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney Charles V. Contrada will explain your legal options, guide you through the process.
To speak to attorney Charles V. Contrada about a car accident in Ohio or Michigan, call 419.841.4400. Charles has helped thousands of individuals with car accident claims and will explain the legal options that are available to you. Call Contrada & Associates for comprehensive legal guidance that will help you to receive the most favorable outcome.