When we talk about scooters, we are referring to motorized, 2-wheeled vehicles that typically have a floorboard and handlebars but no seat. Most motorized scooters can reach maximum speeds of no more than 20 – 30 miles per hour.
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, motorized scooters are not eligible to be registered in the state of Florida and aren’t permitted on public roadways and sidewalks. However, the city of Miami, some surrounding areas in Miami-Dade, and Fort Lauderdale, have passed city ordinances permitting the use of privately-owned scooters in the respective permitted areas. They are trying out the use of these scooters for a short period of time to see if it will alleviate some of the transportation challenges in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Depending on where the scooter operator travels, they must follow the same traffic laws as any other motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist does.
Different than motorized scooters, mopeds and motorized bikes have a seat for the operator to use while driving. These vehicles are allowed on the roadways but must be registered with the state of Florida and follow the same rules of the road as other motorists.
Although motorized scooters reach much lower speeds than motorcycles, the lack of a seat, or any other kind of protection for the driver and means that small accidents can cause serious injuries.
The most common scooter accidents we see are: when a driver loses control after a quick maneuver to avoid a pothole or other object in the road, when a scooter travels too close to parked cars and gets hit when a vehicle door is opened, rear-end collisions when another vehicle hits the back of a scooter, and sideswipes when traveling between lanes.
Like other vehicle accidents, determining fault may be difficult and often depends on several factors. If the scooter malfunctioned, then the manufacturer may be responsible. If the accident was due to driver error, then he or she may be at fault.
Depending on the circumstances, a driver of another vehicle may be at fault if he or she failed to safely operate their vehicle and caused the accident. Determining liability can be complicated and may require a professional with the experience and knowledge to determine who is at fault, and if a recovery for injuries can be pursued.
If you or your loved ones were injured in a motorized scooter, moped, or electric bike accident, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. may be able to help. Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandaszkal.com.
Stay safe when using a motorized scooter by following these tips:
- Educate yourself on how to ride the scooter safely
- Only ride your scooter on local and lightly travelled areas
- Avoid traveling when visibility is low, when streets are wet, or weather conditions are poor
- Wear a helmet as well as bright clothing so other vehicles can see you
- Never ride between lanes, even when traffic is moving slowly or is stopped
- Avoid trying to fit another person on the scooter – they are only designed for one!
- Take the scooter for regular safety checks
- Never travel when distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida. The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work. Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury. For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.