Scooter Accidents Are Increasing – We Fight For Victims’ Rights
If you are injured on a “motorized” scooter, a motor scooter, or a moped in the greater Orlando area, speak at once to an experienced Orlando scooter accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. Call (407) 386-1900 promptly, or use the contact form here on our website. We are the attorneys that injury victims in central Florida have turned to for a quarter of a century for legal help – and for justice. Put Page & Eichenblatt to work for you.
The award-winning attorneys at Page & Eichenblatt have a reputation for persistence on behalf of clients and for excellence in the field of personal injury law. We help clients resolve the most complicated disputes arising from traffic, moped, and scooter accidents.
Your first consultation with an accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt is free of charge, and there is no obligation. Clients pay no attorney’s fee to Page & Eichenblatt unless we recover the compensation that you are entitled to as an injured victim of negligence.
Scooters and Mopeds – Popular but Potentially Dangerous
Technology has given modern consumers a variety of ways to get around these days: scooters, motor scooters, and mopeds are just a few of the options. These devices provide reliable, economical transportation as well as recreation to thousands of consumers in Florida.
But if you are injured while using one of these devices, and if someone else’s negligence – a distracted driver, for example – is the reason why you’re injured, you will need to speak as quickly as possible to an experienced Orlando scooter accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt.
What Devices Are Defined as “scooters” Under Florida Law?
The law in Florida defines “motorized scooters” and “motor scooters” as two different types of vehicles. A “motorized scooter” is a vehicle with three wheels or fewer that can’t move above thirty miles per hour on flat ground and does not have a saddle or a seat.
Most of today’s “motorized scooters” look like skateboards with a steering wheel attached. Under Florida law, motorized scooters may not be operated on streets or sidewalks.
“Motor scooters” have been around for decades. A motor scooter with a saddle or seat may be operated on Florida streets provided that the vehicle is registered and the owner has a license plate and a title. You can ride a motor scooter on surface streets but not on an interstate.
If a motor scooter has only two wheels but also has pedals for human propulsion, it will probably be considered a moped. Moped and motor scooter engines cannot exceed 50 cubic centimeters. Devices with engines 50 cubic centimeters or larger are legally considered motorcycles.
What Are Some of the Risks With Scooters and Mopeds?
Like bicyclists and motorcyclists, motor scooter and moped riders have little protection and face genuine safety risks. Scooters and mopeds are often difficult for drivers to see, and a helmet may be a scooter or moped rider’s only protection.
If a two-ton automobile crashes into a scooter or a moped, the result can be catastrophic. Scooter and moped riders who survive accidents may suffer severe spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, bone fractures, lacerations, and paralysis. Some of these injuries may be permanently disabling.
What other factors make motorized scooters dangerous? The absence of training is at the top of the list. No training is offered or provided to scooter users. Inexperience places everyone near a scooter at risk. And because they’re quiet, sometimes scooters are not seen until it’s too late.
How Will an Accident Lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt Help You?
Because motorized scooters are relatively new, few laws specifically address motorized scooter accidents. That makes it imperative for accident victims in central Florida to consult an experienced Florida injury lawyer after an accident that causes a personal injury or injuries.
If you are injured while riding any scooter or moped in the greater Orlando area, speak at once to an experienced Florida accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. We are the attorneys that injured victims of negligence in central Florida have trusted for more than a quarter of a century.
We will review the details of the accident to determine if another party was liable and if you are able to take legal action. Alternately, if you are injured because someone riding a scooter or a moped was negligent, we can also review your case and help you take the appropriate legal steps.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Scooter and Moped Accidents?
We routinely guide our personal injury clients through the insurance and personal injury process, and we settle for nothing less than every dollar of compensation that you deserve. By law, the victims of negligence are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
If you are injured using a scooter or moped, and if no one involved in the accident was negligent, it’s possible that the scooter or moped was manufactured defectively. Scooter and moped manufacturers can be held accountable for defective products with a product liability claim.
Why is a Medical Examination Imperative After an Accident?
You should also know Florida’s “14-Day Rule.” If you are injured in Florida in a crash involving a car, truck, bus, SUV, or motorcycle, you must be examined by a medical provider within the first 14 days after the crash, or you will not be compensated. That is the law in Florida.
After any kind of accident involving a scooter or a moped, you really must not wait to see a healthcare professional or to contact an injury attorney. Seek medical attention at once, and then schedule a meeting with an experienced accident lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt in Orlando.
Here’s How Page & Eichenblatt Will Handle Your Injury Claim
We offer the injured victims of negligence their first legal consultation at no cost and with no obligation. If you become our personal injury client at Page & Eichenblatt, you will not pay a lawyer’s fee until and unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Every client of Page & Eichenblatt works directly with an experienced Orlando accident lawyer and is offered every professional courtesy and consideration. If you are injured by negligence involving a scooter or a moped, call (407) 386-1900, or use the contact form here on our website.
The law offices of Page & Eichenblatt are located at 214 South Lucerne Circle East in Orlando. We are ready to fight for the compensation – as well as the justice – that central Florida injury victims need.