Scooter Accidents in Florida: More Common than you Might Think
With the warm, sunny weather and scenic vistas, Florida is a popular place for individuals of all ages to ride Vespas, mopeds and other small motorized vehicles. In addition to the enjoyment of riding through beautiful cityscapes and countryside, scooters bring a financial benefit because they are more economical than cars. Many students at the University of Florida use this method of transportation to commute around the campus and surrounding areas.
Unfortunately, scooter riders face the same dangers that motorcycle riders do. The drivers of SUVs, trucks or other large vehicles often have a difficult time seeing scooters — especially when they are distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol. Because scooters are even quieter than motorcycles, other drivers may have difficulty hearing them as well.
At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., we represent University of Florida students and other scooter riders who have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries because of the negligence of other motorists. All of our Gainesville auto accident lawyers have extensive experience. Because we are a local firm, we also have an in-depth understanding of the Florida medical system and the courts in which the case may be litigated. We are here to advocate for you.
Lack Of Helmet Use Is A Significant Factor In Moped And Vespa Injuries
“Since the repeal of the helmet law in 2000, the number of fatal crashes for every 10,000 registered motorcycles increased by 21 percent, suggesting motorcyclists without helmets are more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries.” — Chanyoung Lee, Ph.D., PTP (Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida)
Because Florida does not require scooter or motorcycle riders to wear helmets, any type of collision can easily lead to significant head and brain injuries. In a case involving brain injuries or other damages, it is important to choose a lawyer who is highly familiar with the applicable laws. For instance, the scooter’s engine size determines the corresponding insurance policy. We understand the details of these policies and how to pursue maximum compensation for you.
Free Consultation With Our Gainesville Motor Scooter Accident Attorneys
If you or a family member was injured in a scooter or moped accident in Florida, schedule a free initial consultation with a licensed attorney at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. Simply call our Gainesville office at 352-562-7809 or 877-418-1087, or contact us online. We charge no fees of any kind unless we recover money for you.