The Perazzo Law Firm Presents Essential Information About Electric Scooter Accidents
Introduction to Electric Scooters and their Impact
Electric scooters have rapidly gained popularity on urban streets across the United States, including vibrant cities like Miami. While they offer convenience and enjoyment, their silent operation and potential dangers have raised concerns. This surge in scooter usage has led to complications for pedestrians and motorists, triggering accidents and disputes over sidewalk congestion.
Legal Insights Provided by The Perazzo Law Firm
Classification of Scooters with a Seat or Saddle:
- Considered street legal.
- Operators must hold a valid license.
- Titling and license plates are required.
- Prohibited from using Florida highways.
- Riders aged 16 and above aren’t obligated to wear helmets.
- Operators must be at least 16 years old and possess a driver’s license to ride on streets.
- No mandatory insurance for scooter operation.
Scooters without a Seat or Saddle:
- Deemed not street legal.
- Not permitted on highways or sidewalks.
- Helmets not legally required for operators aged 16 and over.
- A valid license is necessary.
- No insurance mandate for scooter operation.
Motorized Bicycle Regulations in Florida:
- Riding on public roads and sidewalks is prohibited.
- Riders must be at least 16 years old to operate a motorized bicycle.
- No driver’s license is necessary.
- While not mandatory, having insurance is recommended.
- No official helmet law for motorized bicycle riders.
Electric Scooter Accident Claims Handled by Perazzo Law
Prominent electric scooter companies like Scoot and Skip, Lime, and Bird have introduced electric scooters to numerous US cities. These companies, however, don’t provide insurance, helmets, or safety measures to address injuries resulting from accidents. Consequently, they have withdrawn from Miami and other major cities awaiting proper legislation for their usage.
Actions to Take If Struck by an Electric Scooter
In the event of an accident involving an electric scooter, The Perazzo Law Firm suggests the following steps:
- Stay Still: Don’t move until medical professionals arrive.
- Gather Witnesses: Collect contact information from eyewitnesses.
- Document the Scene: Take photos and check for surveillance cameras.
- Secure Police Report: Obtain a copy of the police report.
- Seek Medical Attention: Even hidden injuries like head trauma and spinal cord damage can occur.
- Preserve Records: Save medical records and costs for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
If you, a friend, or family member has suffered due to the negligence of an electric scooter operator, The Perazzo Law Firm advises reaching out for a FREE initial consultation via their North Miami Beach office.
Scooter Rider Negligence
Negligent Behavior Among Scooter Riders: Understanding Potential Risks
Scooter riding has become a popular mode of urban transportation, offering convenience and fun. However, certain behaviors exhibited by scooter riders can lead to negligence and contribute to accidents. Understanding these potential risks is essential for promoting safety on the roads.
Common Negligent Behaviors Among Scooter Riders:
1. Reckless Speeding:
Riding at excessive speeds without proper control can endanger both the rider and pedestrians, as quick maneuvers become challenging to execute.
2. Disregarding Traffic Rules:
Ignoring traffic signals, signs, and pedestrian crosswalks can lead to collisions with vehicles or pedestrians, disrupting the flow of traffic.
3. Distracted Riding:
Using smartphones, headphones, or engaging in conversations while riding can divert the rider’s attention from the road and surrounding hazards.
4. Wrong-Way Riding:
Traveling against the flow of traffic increases the likelihood of unexpected encounters and reduces the rider’s visibility to others.
5. Impaired Riding:
Operating a scooter under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances can severely impair judgment and reaction times.
6. Failing to Yield:
Not yielding the right of way to pedestrians, cyclists, or vehicles can result in collisions and disputes on the road.
7. Poor Helmet Usage:
Neglecting to wear a helmet or wearing it improperly reduces head protection in the event of a collision.
8. Improper Parking:
Leaving scooters in the middle of sidewalks, obstructing pathways, or blocking access points can create hazards for pedestrians and impede traffic flow.
9. Inadequate Visibility:
Riding without proper lighting or reflective gear at night diminishes visibility, increasing the chances of accidents.
10. Lack of Maintenance:
Riding scooters with faulty brakes, deflated tires, or other mechanical issues poses risks to both the rider and others.
By recognizing and addressing these negligent behaviors, scooter riders can contribute to safer urban environments and reduce the likelihood of accidents, injuries, and disputes. Responsible riding practices and adherence to traffic rules are crucial for harmonious coexistence on the roads.
RECENT SCOOTER ACCIDENT IN SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE
In Southwest Miami-Dade, FL, a person riding a scooter was struck by a hit-and-run driver, and authorities report that the individual was subsequently transported to the hospital via helicopter.
Following the hit-and-run incident on Krome Avenue, near Southwest 136th Street, the Florida Highway Patrol and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units swiftly responded to the scene shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Upon reaching the location, FHP troopers found an individual riding a black scooter who had sustained serious injuries.
Due to the severity of the injuries, the injured person was airlifted to HCA Florida Kendall Hospital in critical condition.
SCOOTER RIDER IN MIAMI LAKES AIRLIFTED AFTER BEING STRUCK
In Miami Lakes, Florida, an incident occurred where a collision led to the hospitalization of a scooter rider. Law enforcement was summoned to the site of the crash, which took place on Northwest 57th Avenue, slightly north of State Road 826, around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. The injured individual was airlifted by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to a nearby major trauma center. Presently, the person’s condition remains undisclosed.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the injured victims of these scooter accidents in Miami-Dade, Florida.
The Perazzo Law Firm is dedicated to serving individuals and families who have suffered injury due to the negligence of others. With a deep understanding of the emotional toll accidents can take, our firm is committed to helping those in need.
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