Many people in Florida ride mopeds and scooters, including tourists, commuters, and retirees. Reasons for riding these vehicles can vary. Mopeds and scooters can help people to take in the sights, have fun, save their money at the pump, promote an eco-sensitive alternative to cars, and be more economical overall. 

Although reasons for riding scooters and mopeds vary, riders of these vehicles get to take in their environment, especially on warm days. Even though these vehicles are more economical and provide riders with a less expensive way to get around the city, riders need to be aware that they can be extremely dangerous as well. 

Just as drivers of passenger vehicles, SUVs and large trucks have a difficult time seeing motorcycles, they often have a harder time seeing mopeds and scooters as well, since these vehicles are even quieter than motorcycles. Additionally, some drivers engage in aggressive driving, speeding, and other dangerous driving habits that can put operators of mopeds and scooters at risk for Florida scooter accidents and injuries. As a result, thousands of riders are injured each year in crashes.

Because drivers of mopeds and scooters are more susceptible to injuries than those in cars or trucks, injuries in Florida moped accidents tend to be very serious in nature, including:

  • Severe neck and back injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Because of the severity of these injuries, it is of great importance that operators of mopeds and scooters in Florida wear helmets, wear bright colored clothing, use great caution, and stay as far to the right as possible. Since it is estimated that drivers of cars and trucks cause about 60% of all scooter accidents, they need to be aware that scooters are allowed onto the public roadways. Drivers of cars and trucks should look out for mopeds and scooters, and be very cautious when driving next to those vehicles in order to avoid a Florida scooter accident and injury.

If you have been injured in a Sarasota scooter accident due to no fault of your own, you may have rights to a financial recovery. Protect your interests and talk with a Sarasota motorcycle crash lawyer at Mallard Perez today at (888) 409-3805 in a free legal consultation. You can also reach us online through our submission form.
Damian Mallard, Esq.
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