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Securing Compensation for Scooter Accident Injuries, Losses, and Damages

Electric scooters are micro-mobility devices that have become an increasingly popular trend. Florida is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, and many residents and tourists opt to use scooters. They are an affordable mode of transportation and an environmentally friendly way to commute to work or areas of leisure. However, scooters can pose serious risks in an accident for the rider and others, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles. In addition to property damage, victims can sustain significant injuries or fatalities.

Scooters are rapidly infiltrating urban areas and universities, creating legal challenges in grey areas of legislation.  Motorized scooters have not been clearly defined in Florida law and are therefore classified as motorcycles. (Florida Statute 320) However, there are many differences between these two modes of transportation.

Motorized Scooter Legislation

On June 16, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law HB453 to legalize mobility devices and motorized scooters on the roadways in Florida. This law authorizes counties or municipalities to enact ordinances to regulate the operation of these micro-mobility devices. (Florida Statute 316.008(7)(a), under “Powers of Local Authorities”) Scooter operators must comply with all the rights and responsibilities of bicycle riders.

Types of Injuries Sustained in a Scooter Collision:

  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations and disfigurement
  • Amputations
  • Nerve, tendon, and ligament damage
  • Injuries causing fatalities
  • Road rash and burns

Important Questions to Consider for an Accident Claim Involving a Scooter:

  • Were the injured victim(s) operating a scooter, an opposing motor vehicle, a bicycle, or a pedestrian?
  • Did the accident occur on the roadway, the bike lane, or the sidewalk?
  • Were any of the parties under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications?
  • Were there witnesses to the accident?
  • Do any of the involved parties have pre-existing medical conditions?
  • Were the parties speeding or engaging in reckless or malicious behavior?
  • Did the victim have a slip and fall from a motorized scooter left on the sidewalk?
  • Were protective helmets worn?
  • Is there evidence that the vehicles were poorly maintained or had defective equipment?
  • Did the accident occur at dawn, dusk, or after dark, and was appropriate lighting used?
  • Did the parties comply with all local, county and municipality laws?

Dedicated and Trusted Personal Injury Attorneys

In a court of law, it remains clear that all motor vehicle operators, owners, and manufacturers must take reasonable steps to ensure safety. Those harmed through another’s negligent or malicious acts have the right to pursue compensation through the civil justice system. Orlando Accident Attorney successfully represents clients in challenging scooter accident cases under the theory of negligence in Florida law. We are knowledgeable about liability claims for all types of motorized scooters, mopeds, 3-wheel scooters, 4-wheel scooters, motorized bicycles, and Segways.

How Our Personal Injury Law Firm Can Help

We have more than two decades of success in representing clients with personal injury claims. The dedicated legal team at Orlando Accident Attorney seeks damages for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of income and future earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damages, and more. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident or pedestrian fatality, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties. Call us at our Winter Park, Florida office at (407) 706-3909 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your options. We represent clients with injuries and losses due to scooter accidents throughout Florida.