Motorized scooters are the latest transportation craze here in South Florida. Head to Fort Lauderdale and you’ll see hundreds of scooters riding alongside cars.
As the popularity for these scooters rise, so do accidents involving them. According to Local10, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has received at least one call a day since the beginning of December relating to a scooter accident. While many of these accidents result in cuts and bruises, and a possible totaled scooter, many of them result in much more serious injuries—including a recent accident that left a 14-year-old in critical condition.
Accidents occur when a car hits a scooter or when a rider gets on a scooter while intoxicated or unsure how to maneuver the vehicle correctly. Scooters can be hard to see and when cars aren’t looking out for them, they can turn and hit them quite easily. The impact a car can have to a scooter can be detrimental and leave the rider with intense injuries that can land them in the hospital or worse.
Common Scooter-Related Injuries
Similar to motorcycles, the injuries occurring after a scooter accident are usually much more extreme than an accident involving two cars. The injuries we see most often when it comes to scooter accidents include:
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and tares
- Head and brain injuries
- Accidental Death
How to Stay Safe on a Scooter
Scooters are a great way to get around South Florida, as they can be used year-round and allow us to get to the beach and other fun activities quickly and easily. But if you do choose to ride a scooter, it’s important you do so safely to avoid life-threatening accidents.
- Always remain extra cautious when turning, switching lanes or entering a new area.
- Never assume another vehicle can see you. Most drivers are not looking out for scooters on the roads and may not see you even if you are in plain sight.
- Always wear a helmet and other necessary safety equipment.
- Ensure the scooter is properly functioning before getting on to ride.
- Learn and practice riding the scooter in a secluded area before taking it onto a busy street.
- Never drive a scooter while intoxicated or impaired in any way. This can result in a DUI or DWI just as when driving a car.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Scooter Accident
If you or a loved one was hurt while riding a scooter, it’s important to know your rights. Many scooter riders do not have insurance, which can make the process of filing an accident report and a claim much more difficult. It is up to the rider to prove that the other vehicle was negligent in their actions and was at fault for the accident that occurred. This is where an experienced accident attorney comes in. They will help you make your case, prove negligence and get you the compensation you need and deserve to recover from your injuries and get back to your life.
The attorneys at Balkan & Patterson live and work here in South Florida and we know how fun it can be to ride a scooter along our beachside roadways year-round. But, we also know what can happen if you are hit or injured while riding a scooter and how it can alter your entire life. Our attorneys know what it takes to get you the help and compensation you need following the accident. For more information about how we can help you, give us a call at 561-750-9191 or visit our website to learn more.