January 2nd, 2013 - by DKRPA
It is a safe bet that Florida residents do not think about the classification of motor vehicles on a daily basis — if at all. And, really, we don’t blame you. Thinking about whether something is a car or a motorcycle is, well, boring.
But “boring” does not mean “insignificant.” Given the exponential technological advancements we are making as a society with every passing day, it is only natural for the state of motor vehicles to evolve and improve. As such, new vehicles will emerge. Some will prove popular; some will fail; but amidst the evolution, there will be important legal questions about the viability of new vehicles.
What do we mean by this? Well, the classification of a motor vehicle affects how insurance coverage works; it affects how the insurance company responds to an accident you may have suffered (even if it is only by a small margin); it affects which laws apply to your accident.
All of these factors are ultimately very important if you seek compensatory damages from another driver in the wake of an accident.
To this end, consider the C-1. The vehicle, which looks like something from a movie set in the not-so-distant future, is being developed by a company in San Francisco. It boasts the two-wheeled frame of a motorcycle but functions very much like a car. The C-1 is buoyed by two gyroscopes that allow the vehicle to stay balanced, even in an accident.
And speaking of accidents, the C-1 features a steel canopy that protects the rider and his or her passengers — a much-needed improvement to normal motorcycles, which offer significantly less protection.
Source: National Geographic, “A Motorcycle Car That Makes Commuting Easier,” Dan Stone, Dec. 9, 2012
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating to the victims. To learn what kind of legal options you may have after such circumstances, please take a look at your Palm Beach motorcycle accident page.