St. Petersburg Scooter Accident Lawyer
Scooters and motorized e-scooters are a great way to get outside, commute to work, have some fun, and use in addition to public transportation to tackle that “last mile” problem—the mile or so to and from a major public transportation hub like a train or bus stop. Unfortunately, motor vehicle drivers are often oblivious to other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and of course, scooter operators. While some drivers are oblivious—distracted by their phones—others are downright aggressive to those not in cars. On top of the problem, Florida roads are designed with little to no thought when it comes to non car drivers, leaving pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter operators fighting for space on extremely limited sidewalks. Then, if scooter operators take to the streets, they are at risk of being mowed down by speeding, aggressive drivers. If you are the victim of a scooter collision, the St. Petersburg scooter accident lawyers at the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely can help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Definition of a Scooter
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there difference between a motor scooter and a motorized scooter are as follows:
- Motor Scooter—These fall under the definition of a motorcycle, and the operator must have a driver’s license. This is the type of scooter that has a seat and a large engine. If the engine is greater than 50cc, the driver must also have a valid motorcycle license.
- Motorized Scooter—No seat or saddle, designed to travel on no more than three wheels, cannot go faster than 30 miles per hour. This is the classic type of scooter that most people think of when they hear the word “scooter.” Lym, Byrd, and Razor are some of the largest manufacturers of this type of scooter, which you stand on and steer with a T handlebar. These types of e-scooters have doubled in popularity in just one year, according to the Observer.
- Non Motorized Scooter—The third type of scooter is one that you stand upon and self-propel by pumping/kicking your leg on the ground.
Depending on the type of scooter you were using at the time of the crash, it can have an impact on your own liability. For example, if you were operating a “motor scooter” on a sidewalk, you may be found liable or partially liable even if the other party clearly caused the collision by running into while they were driving while texting, as motor scooters and motorcycles are not allowed on the sidewalk. Similarly, if you were operating a “motorized scooter” on a freeway onramp (not a very likely scenario of course) you may be held liable for the crash, as this is not an area that pedestrians, cyclists, or motorized scooter operators are allowed on.
A St. Petersburg Scooter Accident Lawyer Can Help Make You Financially Whole
Whether you were injured by a defective scooter, a driver, an aggressive pedestrian, a city bus operator, or any other party, we can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely today at (727) 550-8800 to schedule a consultation at no cost to get started today.