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Segway Riders: Pedestrians or Vehicles?

By Lipton Law on January 27, 2012 - No comments

The Segway is a two-wheeled electronic vehicle that has become increasingly popular with some groups ever since its introduction nearly ten years ago. Segway riders often take their Segways out for a spin, many of them using the same sidewalks, bike paths, and other travelways used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and even cars. But is a Segway a pedestrian thing, or is it more like a bicycle? To find out, we turned to the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) “Sharing the Road” brochure for more information.

The Michigan DMV says that Segway riders must follow many of the same laws as bicyclists and moped riders. For instance, a person on a Segway must yield to a pedestrian, just like a bicyclist. If the Segway is going to be ridden at night, it must have at least as many of the same types of lights and reflectors used on bicycles. And, like bicyclists, Segway riders are expected never to try carrying bulky packages or other objects that interfere with their ability to balance or steer.

Like cars, Segways may be ridden on roads, as long as they obey all traffic laws – much like bicycles or motorcycles. Unlike cars and bicycles, however, Segways are only allowed on roads if the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less. If the speed limit is above 25 miles per hour, Segways must stay out of the road, though they can still use sidewalks.

Pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents can both cause serious injuries, especially if a motor vehicle is involved in the crash. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those injured in these life-altering accidents. To learn more about your legal rights and options after an injury, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free, confidential case evaluation.