Scooter Accident Attorney
North Central Florida is home to a significant population of individuals who own, rent, and operate electric scooters and mopeds. The low amount of fuel required and the ease of operation are among the reasons for their prevalence. However, motor scooters and mopeds don’t offer the same level of protection as motorcycles and automobiles, often resulting in severe injury to scooter operators during a scooter accident or collision with another vehicle. If you have been injured in a scooter accident, contact the Gainesville personal injury attorneys with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. to discuss your case. Our lawyers will work diligently to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
How Does Florida Law Define Scooters?
Through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), the State of Florida defines differently mopeds and motor scooters. For more information or to discuss your personal injury case with a scooter accident attorney, contact our law firm today.
According to Florida law, a moped is a street-legal motor vehicle which has pedals and can be propelled by human power; has a seat or saddle which may be used by the driver; has two or three wheels; has a motor with a maximum of two brake horsepower; is unable to travel over 30 miles per hour; and has an automatic transmission.
Florida regards motor scooters as motorized scooters that have a seat or a saddle, which provides motor scooter operators with the ability to legally operate the vehicle on public roads. Motor scooters cannot exceed 30 miles per hour while being operated on level ground and have three or fewer wheels.
Common Types Of Scooter Accidents
In contrast with the large size and high horsepower of other types of motor vehicles on the road, such as cars, trucks, and motorcycles, the small size and the lack of adequate protection of mopeds and motor scooters — and those who operate them — may pose a significant risk of injury due to the following common types of scooter accidents. If you or a loved one became injured in a scooter or moped accident in Florida, contact our personal injury lawyers.
One of the most common types of accidents which involve scooters is rear-end collisions. Aggressive drivers who fail to operate a motor vehicle with an adequate degree of care and consideration may rear-end motor scooters and mopeds both in moving traffic and at traffic lights. Rear-end collisions often cause the exposed scooter driver to become thrown from their scooter, which may result in head and brain injuries, among other types of severe injuries.
Road Damage Accidents
Roadways are commonly damaged over time due to the persistent use of cars, motorcycles, and large-scale motor vehicles. Buckled and uneven pavement, potholes, and other forms of roadway irregularities pose a serious risk to scooter and moped drivers. If a scooter driver is unable to avoid these issues due to limited visibility, driver error on part of other drivers, or another reason, he or she may lose control of the vehicle and sustain an injury.
A common cause of auto accidents or car accidents which involve motor scooters and mopeds is lane splitting. Lane splitting occurs when a scooter is driven between two lanes of moving traffic or stopped traffic, and the moped or scooter driver attempts to cut-between vehicles in order to surpass the other vehicles. Lane splitting is illegal in Florida, and — should an accident occur — the scooter driver’s ability to recover damages for any resulting injuries may be affected.
As with rear-end collisions, hit-and-run accidents are among the most common types of scooter accidents. If the driver of another vehicle collides with a motor scooter or a moped while driving or while stopping at a traffic light, and flees the scene, the injured party may be unable to move their scooter or attempt to find the party responsible due to damage to the moped or scooter or severe injury from the accident.
How To Prevent Serious Injury While Operating A Scooter
Due to the substantial risk of injury associated with motor scooters and mopeds, operators of these types of vehicles must use caution and preventative measures to avoid severe injury and even death while driving on Florida roadways — consider the following to help avoid injury.
- Wear protective gear, including a helmet, gloves, and kneepads
- Avoid riding in harsh environmental conditions and rain
- Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, especially at night
- Attach additional lights to the scooter to increase visibility
- Follow basic traffic laws and roadway signs
- Avoid distractions while operating the scooter or moped
- Ride with only one additional passenger
- Wear long-sleeve clothing and closed-toe shoes
- Avoid operating the scooter or moped in passing lanes or “fast” lanes
What To Do After A Scooter Accident
If you are involved in a scooter accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Gainesville for prompt assistance with your scooter accident case. In a significant portion of cases involving motor scooter collisions and moped accidents, it may be difficult for the injured party to obtain compensation due to stipulations regarding auto insurance and fault.
Our attorneys can help injured scooter drivers to present a strong claim; gather all required materials, records, and testimony for evidence; and provide guidance throughout each step of the personal injury case. Prior to contacting an attorney, however, injured motorists should do the following. Contact our law firm today for an evaluation of your case.
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Document the accident with photos and note
- Exchange contact information with anyone involved in the accident
- Keep track of all records, such as medical documents and financial information
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to file a claim and to recover damages