- I was hurt in an electric scooter accident Miami.
- An electric scooter crashed into my car in Homestead.
- I was run-over by someone driving an electric scooter while crossing at a crosswalk in Doral.
- What happens if I am hurt by a person operating an electric scooter that has no insurance?
- Do electric scooters require a driver's license to ride them in Miami or any other Florida city?
Perazzo Law Shares Basic Facts About Electric Scooter Accidents in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
They're practical, fun, and easy to ride. Sadly, they are also silent and dangerous. Electric scooter have popped-up on the US city street radar significantly over the past couple of years, especially in Miami and other trendy cities. Both locals and tourists alike are hopping on them and taking to the streets in disturbing numbers. Not only are they fast, affordable, and fun, but riders can rent them, use them, and dump them on the ground when they are done with them. 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.
But what does Florida law say about Scooters and other vehicles with motors too small to be considered motorcycles?
Perazzo Law breaks-down some basic legal facts regarding scooters and motorized bicycles:
Scooters that have a seat or saddle:
Scooters that DO not 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.
Motorized Bicycles Laws in Florida:
- 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.
- The 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.
Perazzo Law Handles Electric Scooter Accident Claims in Miami-Dade and Broward County Cities
Scoot and Skip, Lime, and Bird are three of the main electric scooter companies spearheading the implementation of electric scooters in cities around the United States. These electric scooter companies provide no insurance, helmets, or safety measures with which to prevent or deal with personal injuries sustained from accidents. Thus, they have pulled out of Miami as well as other major cities in the USA until a legislation is established concerning their use.
What should I do If I am struck by an electric scooter while walking down the street?
-Firstly, Perazzo Law always advises individuals struck by a motor vehicle, to refrain from moving or being moved after the accident and not until medical units arrive to the scene of the accident. Secondly, gather testimony from eyewitnesses and get their contact information. If possible, take photos of the accident scene and check for any surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the accident. Get a copy of the police report and seek medical attention to rule-out any internal injuries. Many times, head trauma and spinal cord injuries are not immediately evident. Save all medical records and costs to present to your insurance provider and your personal injury attorney handling your accident claim for compensation following a scooter accident.
If you, a friend, or family member has been hurt by negligence on behalf of an electric scooter operator, the Perazzo Law Firm in Miami urges you contact their Miami or North Miami Beach Law office ONLINE
for a FREE
RECENT SCOOTER RELATED ACCIDENTS
The Miami-Dade Police are conducting an investigation into a hit-and-run accident involving a scooter and another vehicle in Southwest Miami-Dade, which resulted in one person being taken to the hospital after suffering severe personal injury. The crash took place at around 1 a.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Southwest 72nd Street and Southwest 139th Avenue, and the victim's clothing, helmet, and shoes were found scattered across the road. Upon arriving at the scene, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team found the man lying unresponsive on the road with head injuries caused by the impact of the collision. He was taken to the HCA Kendall Trauma Center for medical attention, and his current condition is unknown. The area was closed off by the police to gather evidence and determine the cause of the crash, and residents stated that speeding is common in the area and that the lighting is poor. The car that fled the scene has not been described yet, and the investigation is ongoing.
See: Scooter Accidents and Insurance Claims