In April, a Delray Beach police officer was killed in a scooter accident. After the accident that took the man’s life, a news channel conducted research into scooters in the area and found that they are involved in accidents almost every day.
Problems seem to be especially prevalent in tourist areas like Key West. Although its a tiny island, tourists flock to it in droves, relying on scooters to tool around. Streets are tight and visitors may not know how to navigate them properly, leading to multiple accidents each week.
According to the research, there has been a crash in Key West nearly every day for the last three years. The area of the crashes covers just 4.2 square miles.
The problem isn’t limited to Key West. Any tourist city in the state is subject to the same dangers. Scooters in Florida are not considered motorcycles and, as such, no insurance is required. There are also no helmet laws.
Officials throughout the state are warning motorists that scooters will be more prevalent as the weather continues to heat up. Scooters drivers who are not familiar with the areas in which they are driving should be extremely vigilant of other motorists. Drivers of passenger vehicles should keep an eye out for scooters around every corner, especially in tourist areas.
If you are involved in a scooter accident in South Florida, you may have legal rights to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team of experienced accident attorneys today to schedule your free case evaluation and discover your legal options.