Seeing someone riding a motor scooter around, rather than a motorcycle, is not uncommon in South Florida. Not only are motor scooters a convenient method of transportation, but they are cheaper than motorcycles and cars, and they don’t use a lot of gas either. However, that does not mean they can’t be dangerous.
There is much less protection when driving a motor scooter than in a car or truck, especially if you are not wearing a helmet. Even though wearing a helmet is not legally required (if you are over 21), you should always wear one to be safe. Keep reading to learn more about protecting yourself when driving a motor scooter in South Florida.
Types of Motor Scooter Injuries
Motor scooter accidents are far more likely to be fatal than car accidents, and even motorcycle accidents. They are smaller than motorcycles, which means it may be harder for cars to see you on your motor scooter from different angles or while changing lanes. However, the biggest reason motor scooters are more dangerous is there is less protection on motorcycles than on cars or trucks.
Even if you’re wearing a helmet – which you should always make sure to do – there are still chances of suffering a brain injury in the event of a motor scooter accident. Some of the most common types of motor scooter accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries, which are also known as catastrophic brain injuries
- Road rash from scraping the road upon impact
- Spinal injuries, such as partial/complete paralysis and herniated disks
- Wrongful death
- Broken or fractured bones, which includes arms, legs and/or ribs
Protecting Yourself on a Motor Scooter
As stated before, even though it is not legally required, it is still important that you wear a helmet when riding a motor scooter. Wearing one can decrease the severity of any potential brain or head injuries. Even wearing goggles, proper clothing and footwear while on a motor scooter can prevent you from suffering serious injuries in case of an accident.
When you are driving a motor scooter, make sure to err on the side of caution. Take extra safety measures when driving. This includes driving at a far enough distance from other cars, staying in the right-hand lane whenever possible, and being extra careful when merging into other lanes. Try not to drive on wet roads or roads where speed limits are faster than the top speed your scooter can go, which is usually 30 miles per hour. Taking small precautions like these can help prevent large accidents.
Contacting a South Florida Personal Injury Attorney
The seasoned and passionate South Florida personal injury attorneys at The Berman Law Group can help if your child experiences an injury at school. We are ready to help you take on any legal issues that stem from a motor scooter accident. We will always make sure you are reassured in your case, no matter how extensive or stressful it may seem.
Your only concern should be focusing on feeling better, both mentally and physically. We have recovered more than $200 million for our clients, so you can rest assured you are in good hands. Contact The Berman Law Group today at (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation.