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How safe are motor scooters in Florida?

Over the past few years, motor scooters have become another popular mode of transportation in Florida due to their fuel efficiency and year-round riding ability. They are ideal for a quick jaunt along a scenic byway or for a trip to the grocery store to pick-up a needed item. Unfortunately, using a motor scooter can make the rider vulnerable if caught in heavy traffic or bad weather due to its size and maneuverability. 

What exactly is a motor scooter?

A motor scooter is a two-wheeled vehicle that is bigger and stronger than a pedal bike, but not as big as a motorcycle. While a version of a non-seat electronic scooter has become increasingly popular around the nation as a quick grab and go mode of transportation, classic motor scooters have been around for many years.

In Florida, motor scooters have the same legal distinction as motorcycles. They require the same registration and insurance; however, their limited speed means that they do not need a motorcycle endorsement before they can be legally used.

Motor scooter common dangers

If you operate a motor scooter, you are subject to the same rules of the road as any other motor vehicle. Accidents with a motor scooter may not be the same as what can happen with a motorcycle that is bigger and faster, they can still be dangerous because of their small size, low speeds and limitations. Typical motor scooter accidents include:

  • Being hit from behind – Because of its lower speeds and size, you can easily be hit from behind by a driver who does not see you or is unable to stop in time. If the other vehicle is in an 18-wheeler or other large truck, the hit can be deadly or catastrophic.
  • Loss of control – Because of its low weight, small tires and limited turning ability, it is easy to lose control of the scooter if you suddenly approach an obstruction on the road.
  • Open doors – Just like a motorcycle, when someone in a parked car opens their door without properly checking for traffic, motor scooters can run into them.
  • Hit from the side – One of the most common accidents for motor scooter riders is being hit from the side by drivers of cars and trucks who did not realize they were there. Most often, this happens while changing lanes or merging from an on-ramp.

While a motor scooter can be a cost-efficient and fun way to get around, it can also be extremely dangerous. If you have been in an accident while riding a motor scooter, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries if it was due to another party's negligence.

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