Bradenton Moped & Scooter Accident Lawyer
Thanks to Florida’s year-round sunny weather, drivers use a wide variety of transportation modes. Mopeds and scooters are popular transportation options across the state, especially with rising gas prices. Moped and scooter riders face the same issues motorcycle riders do because vehicles aren’t looking out for them. When a motorist fails to see a scooter or moped, it can have catastrophic results. Because scooters are even smaller than motorcycles, they are often at greater risk. If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a scooter or moped accident, you need to speak with our Bradenton moped and scooter accident lawyers.
At The Cahill Law Firm, we have years of experience representing Bradenton clients for their personal injury needs. We have a significant amount of experience with motorcycle accident claims, so we understand the challenges you face as a victim who was struck while riding a moped or electric scooter in Bradenton.
The Rise in Popularity of Electric Scooters
Electric scooters are relatively new and continue to gain in popularity. You can rent them all over various cities by downloading a rental agreement on the company’s app. The app will tell you where the nearest scooter is. All you have to do is scan your driver’s license and credit card information. Then, they need to scan a code on the scooter before the rental starts. Users are charged a small base fee and then pay on mileage. When finished, they leave the scooter near the closest drop off area for the next person.
Because their popularity exploded so quickly, states were left scrambling to put legislation in place to deal with this new form of transportation. That resulted in a lot of confusion as laws vary from city and county. In Florida, the law states that a scooter that doesn’t go above 30 miles per hour or doesn’t have any seat or saddle doesn’t need to be registered. But those cannot be driven on sidewalks or city streets.
When a scooter doesn’t go above 15 miles per hour, cities and counties can also enact their own laws, creating additional confusion. If you were in an accident with an electric scooter or were on the scooter, you should contact a Bradenton moped and scooter accident lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights.
Motor Scooters in Florida
When a scooter has a saddle or seat, then it’s a motor scooter. You can operate a motor scooter on Florida roads and streets provided it’s registered, it has a license plate, and the driver has a driver’s license. You cannot take it on the highway, though. Motor scooters and mopeds are not the same things as a motorcycle. Motorcycles are motorized vehicles with three or fewer wheels, and the engine is bigger than 50cc.
Contact a Bradenton Moped & Scooter Accident Lawyer
Mopeds and scooters are at a disadvantage on the road, primarily because of their size. Intersection collisions and left-turn or right-turn accidents are among the most common injury accident causes. If you or someone you love was injured in a scooter or moped accident, contact the skilled legal team at The Cahill Law Firm today to schedule an initial consultation.