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SCOOTER ACCIDENTS AND PREVENTION – MIAMI ACCIDENT LAWYER INFORMS

MIAMI INJURY LAWYERS SHARES INSIGHT ON SCOOTER ACCIDENTS

SCOOTER-Copy-300x185The Perazzo Law Firm shares insight on accidents involving mopeds and scooters in Miami.

Big cities are known for cars and trucks languishingly creeping along avenues, highways, and streets. Despite its colorful cement setting and ocean backdrop, Miami is no different, as moving about the city and its surrounding suburbs can be frustrating and costly. But what about getting around on a Moped? A New York-based company called Revel, believes that many Miami locals, visitors, and tourists will hop on a moped instead of hopping in an Uber or Lyft to get from A to B.

Through an agreement with the Miami Parking Authority, Revel unveiled its rentable moped plan in late December with 750 units and expects to compete aggressively against ride share service providers and vehicle rental agencies.

Through an app, users will be able to rent a moped in all Miami neighborhoods for the price of $0.29 per minute and a $1 fee, which makes it a highly affordable means of transportation. However, those looking for two-wheeled transportation options can choose from a vast variety of transportation options such as scooters, which can cost anywhere from $60-$85 per day. In fact, there is a wide range of commuting options to choose from at present, which include scooters, Segways, Lime electric scooters, electric cars, and the ever-humble bicycle.


INSIGHT ON SCOOTERS

They’re practical and easy to ride but they are also dangerous. Electric scooters have appeared over recent years in Miami and other cities. However, residents locals and visitors taking to the streets on them in disturbing numbers. They are they fast, affordable, and fun and they can be rented and left behind when the ride is over. For motorists and pedestrians, electric scooters have turned into a nightmare since they pop-out of nowhere in a silent threat to the well-being of pedestrians and motorists alike, and locals claims that scooters clutter sidewalks, block handicap ramps, and cause congested streets which to lead accidents on Miami streets.

RIDERS SHOULD KNOW WHERE THEY ‘SIT’ LEGALLY IN THE EYES OF THE LAW AND IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT

Scooters that have a seat or saddle:

• They are considered street legal.
• Operators must have a license.
• They need to be titled and bear a license plate.
• They are not permitted on Florida highways.
• Operators 16 years of age and over are not required to wear a helmet.
• Operators must be at least 16 and have a driver’s license to ride on streets.
• No insurance is required to operate a scooter.
Scooters that DO not have a Seat or Saddle:
• They are not considered street legal.
• They cannot be operated on highways and sidewalks.
• Operators over the age of 16 are not required by law to wear a helmet.
• Operators are required to have a license.
• No insurance is required to operate a scooter.

Motorized Bicycles Laws in Florida:

• They cannot be ridden on public roads or sidewalks.
• Riders must be at least 16 to operate a motorized bike.
• No driver’s license is needed.
• Having insurance is not mandatory but highly recommended.
• There is no official helmet law for riders.

If you, a friend, or family member has been hurt by negligence on behalf of an electric scooter operator, The Perazzo Law Firm urges you contact their Miami or North Miami Beach Law office ONLINE for a FREE initial consultation and ZERO-OUT-OF-POCKET fees to its personal injury clients.


Slippery sidewalks, rainy days and scooter accidents

With the recent influx of electric scooters onto sidewalks and city streets, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of accidents involving these vehicles. While many scooter riders signs up with rental companies such as Bird or Lime with the best of intentions, accidents can still happen. Here are some tips on what to do if you or a loved one is injured in a scooter accident.

If you are injured in a scooter accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even if you feel okay at the time, it is always best to get checked out by a doctor. After you have seen a doctor, you should then contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury.

There are a few different ways that scooter accidents can happen. The first way is if the scooter rider loses control of the scooter, due to slippery sidewalks or uneven pavement. In these cases, it is important to take pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as any injuries that you or the scooter rider sustains.

Another way that scooter accidents can occur is when a car or other vehicle hits a scooter. In these cases, it is important to get the contact information of any witnesses, as well as the driver of the car. You should also take pictures of the license plate of the car, as well as any damage to the scooter.

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