Gainesville Scooter Accident Lawyer
Scooters are a lot of fun to drive, but riders are at an increased risk of injury or death.
Across the state of Florida, you can find motorists of all ages riding scooters or mopeds. Florida has perfect weather for enjoying a scooter, and lack of big hills and mountains make riding easy. Not to mention how much better a scooter can be for maneuvering through busy traffic or snagging a tight parking spot. But just like motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are more difficult for motorists to see on the road, and they pose similar dangers to riders.
Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., is located in Gainesville, not far from the University of Florida. Every day, we see students, teachers, and other North Central Florida residents traveling to work and class via scooters. While riding a scooter is an excellent way to enjoy the beautiful weather, it can also be dangerous. In vehicles with reduced vision, such as large trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), drivers may have a difficulty seeing riders until it is too late. Accidents involving reduced vision often occur when pulling out into traffic and changing lanes. A rider on a scooter has very little protection when being hit from the side by a van, or facing a rear-end collision due to an SUV pulling out late.
Obtaining Representation for a Personal Injury
If you have been injured while riding a scooter, it’s imperative that you talk to a personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind. Drivers often say they could not see a person riding a scooter, and they will try to blame the operator of the scooter for the accident. They will say that your lights weren’t bright enough, that you weren’t riding in the proper area of the lane, or even that you should have been wearing brightly colored clothes. But scooter operators are not required to wear bright orange clothing or reflective tape, and they shouldn’t have to bow to impatient motorists who try to dominate the road.
Unfortunately for scooter riders, moped riders and motorcyclists, you cannot control other drivers. But you can alter the way you ride so that you are easier to see. Sometimes you must take your own safety into account because if you go up against another vehicle, you risk bodily harm, while other drivers are much safer, and much more protected, inside their cars, trucks and SUVs.
Tips for Reducing Your Chances of Being in a Scooter Accident
As a scooter rider, it is important to follow all traffic laws in order to help keep yourself, and others, safe. There are many tips for scooter riders to help reduce the chances of being involved in an accident.
- Avoid riding in another motorist’s blind spot.
- Wear a helmet.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Reduce your speed during inclement weather.
- Be cautious at all intersections and entrances to driveways and parking lots.
- Never assume that other motorists can see you.
- Be aware of your own blind spots.
- Don’t pull out in front of larger vehicles if you cannot accelerate to a safe speed in time.
Accident Injury Claims in Gainesville, FL
The personal injury attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts are committed to fighting for the rights of scooter accident victims. Serious injury and death often occur in these types of accidents in Florida, and you may find that an accident attorney is your best chance at receiving compensation for your injuries. Motorists and their insurance companies will not want to admit fault, and they will not want to pay for your injuries. But being involved in a scooter accident can result in broken bones, head trauma, lifelong neck or back injuries and even death. As a scooter rider, you could be facing a long hospital stay, surgery and rehabilitative treatments. While your own insurance may help to pay for some of these medical treatments, you may still find the bills adding up quickly.
At our scooter accident law firm, we fight for victims even if they were not wearing a helmet during the accident, and even if the rider did not have a valid license. We can help you navigate Florida laws pertaining to No-Fault insurance and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance that cover riders of scooters and mopeds. Let us help you receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, or even file a wrongful death suit if you have lost a loved one due to a scooter accident in Florida.