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ARE MOTOR SCOOTERS SAFE?

To begin with, the increasing popularity of two-wheel vehicles has riders questioning their safety. Though, you have many options like motorcycles, motor scooters, and bicycles to choose from. While many people choose motorcycles for commuting because of their speed. Yet, others prefer motor scooters for their size. But, are motor scooters safe?

What is a Motor Scooter?

Notably, a motor scooter is a vehicle with two wheels created to transport a person. Yet, Florida statutes do not define motor scooters. So, Florida considers it a motorcycle. Thus, subject to the same laws as a motorcycle. Although, most motor scooters have a 50cc engine, so Florida law does not require a motorcycle endorsement to operate on the road.

Definitions

  • Motor Scooter – In short, it is a two-wheeled vehicle created to transport a person on the road.
  • Motorized Scooter – Similar, to a motor scooter but it does not have a seat and is not permitted on roads.
  • Mobility Scooter – Typically, have three to four wheels and is also not permitted on the road.

Common Motor Scooter Accidents

As previously stated, motor scooters have to follow the rules of the road. But, like all two-wheeled vehicles, they are subject to the dangers associated with larger vehicles. Although like motorcycles, common motor scooter accidents are different. Because of their size and slower speeds. For instance, these are some of the common accidents that occur with motor scooters.

  • Hit From Behind – First, unlike a bicycle, motor scooters are not allowed in the bike lane. Thus, forcing them to share the road with other motor vehicles. And, due to their slower speeds, oncoming drivers may not see them as they approach at higher speeds. As a result, rear-end collisions have become common with scooters.
  • Losing Control – Second, the construction of scooters makes them unstable and difficult to maneuver. Because of their smaller wheels and high center of gravity.
  • Opening Car Doors – Third, like bicycle riders, scooters often ride as far right as it is safe. So, they can allow faster traffic to pass easier. Yet, this makes them vulnerable to opening car doors.
  • Getting Sideswiped – Fourth, as scooters travel in the right lane with normal traffic, it puts them at risk of getting hit by a car changing lanes. Because scooters are small and quieter than most vehicles on the road. Thus, making them easy to overlook at higher speeds.

Common Causes of Motor Scooter Accidents

Regarding, the causes of motor scooter accidents. Like, bicyclists ride as no one can see them, motor scooter riders need to ride as if other drivers cannot see them. Because this will help them drive more defensively. Considering, these are some of the common causes of scooter accidents:

  • Visibility – They are not seen by other drivers.
  • Right turn crashes – These collisions occur when a vehicle fails to use its turn signal. Or, they make a sudden turn crossing the scooter’s path.
  • Mechanical – Occur when the scooter has a defect or is not well maintained.
  • Drinking and Driving – Hit by a drunk driver.

Motor Scooter Injuries and Wrongful Death

Similarly, motorcyclists and scooter riders also lack the protection of steel frames. So, riders get exposed to the same dangers. Though falling off a scooter with the lower speeds are not as severe. But, collisions with an automobile can cause serious damage or death. In fact, some common injuries include:

  • Road Rash or Scrapes
  • Cuts and Gashes
  • Broken Bones
  • Soft Tissue Damage
  • Internal Injuries
  • Neck and Shoulder Injuries
  • Back and Spinal Cord Damage
  • Head or Traumatic Brain Injuries

Unfortunately, not all motor scooter accidents end with someone walking away. Or, even with a trip to the hospital. To tell the truth, some can’t walk away from the accident leaving families wondering what to do. For this reason, we recommend if you lost a loved one due to a negligent driver to contact an attorney.

Scooter Rider Safety Tips

Even though, scooter riders face similar risks motorcyclists and bicyclists face. Still, there are some differences. For one thing, motorcyclists can keep up with traffic. And, bicyclists usually have a designated bike lane to separate them from traffic. So, we have put together some tips to help keep motor scooter riders safer while on the road.

  • Don’t ride on heavily traveled roads.
  • Avoid roads with high-speed limits.
  • Refrain from lane-splitting. Especially, since it is illegal in Florida.
  • Watch for opening car doors.
  • Try not to ride in wet weather.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Increase visibility with brightly colored clothes.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Keep up with regular maintenance.

Basic Florida Scooter Laws

Finally, all motor scooter riders must follow the rules on the road. But, to keep up with the increased amount of scooter riders on Florida roads lawmakers have initiated some new laws. So, before you buy or jump on your scooter and go for a ride you should know and understand these rules.

  • All riders need to be 16 years old or older. As well as, have a valid driver’s license.
  • Florida law does not require riders to have scooter insurance.
  • Follow all traffic laws and ride on the road.
  • Obey all traffic control devices like traffic lights and stop signs.
  • If you are over the age of 16 and don’t exceed 30 mph the law does not require a helmet.
  • Stay off of sidewalks, bike paths, state highways, and interstates.
  • Not allowed to ride alongside cars/trucks or between lanes.
  • You must ride as far right as is it safe. Unless you are avoiding road hazards or turning left.

CONTACT A TAMPA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

In short, after a motorcycle accident, you may not know your rights. Above all, don’t struggle through the process alone. Actually, our personal injury team is here to help you with any legal needs you might have regarding your accident.

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