This past year, a motorcyclist was killed in a head-on accident with a scooter in Key West, Florida according to Keys News. The scooter rider was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, FL with severe injuries. One of the riders was speeding and was scene passing other cars before the crash and police were investigating whether alcohol was a factor.
This accident highlights the need for safety while riding scooters and motorcycles. Every year, thousands go to Key West or South Beach for vacation and rent scooters or motorcycles with little to no training. It is important to follow the law and use caution while riding on public streets. It may seem like fun for party-goers to ride a scooter around Duval Street in Key West, but it can also be quite dangerous.
There are several laws in place to help protect moped and motorcyclists from accidents. For example, Florida law requires moped riders to keep both hands on the wheel at all times and prohibits them from carrying any objects which would prevent them from keeping both hands on the wheel. Mopeds and motorcycles may also not be rented to anyone under 16 years of age. There are a great number of other laws regulating the operation and maintenance of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles.
One of the biggest dangers in motorcycle and scooter accidents is the lack of protection. Cars are designed to absorb impact in a crash. Often, in a motorcycle or scooter accident, the person's body may absorb the impact or may be thrown to the ground at a high rate of speed with little protection. This lack of protection can lead to serious injuries from even minor impacts.
If you were injured in a motorcycle, moped or scooter accident, you may be entitled to recover money damages for your injuries. Florida's motorcycle and scooter law provides certain damages that a victim can claim if someone else is negligent in causing the accident. For example, a Florida motorcycle accident victim can make a claim for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and prescriptions, among other possible damages.
For more information or to see if you have a scooter or motorcycle accident case in Florida, please feel free to call us at (888) 99-VICTIM. That's (888) 998-4284. Our law firm handles Motorcycle and Scooter Injury Claims throughout Florida, including Key West, Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Naples, Miami Beach and West Palm Beach.