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Motor Scooter Accidents and Florida Law

Patti Richardson spent a January evening in a hospital following a traffic accident involving her scooter and a four-door sedan. The incident occurred when Richardson rode her scooter down North Main Street in Gainesville, FL. The other driver hit her while trying to turn left onto Eighth Avenue. Richardson suffered multiple injuries, including a right hip injury, a compound fracture and a head injury in the accident. The Gainesville Police said that Richardson was given a good chance of surviving in spite of the severity of her injuries.

Florida has somewhat ambiguous motor scooter laws. They are generally defined as vehicles that cannot travel faster than 30 m.p.h. and that do not have a seat or saddle to carry the driver. However, most vehicles that people think of as motor scooters, such as Vespa Motor scooters, do indeed have seats and often move at speeds exceeding 30 m.p.h. Even though the industry calls these vehicles scooters as opposed to motorcycles, under Florida law, they are considered to be motorcycles and require a motorcycle license, registration and insurance to drive them.

Scooters, as defined by the law, do not require registration or insurance to drive, although it is illegal to ride such vehicles on Florida streets unless you carry a valid driver license.

If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motor scooter here in Florida, regardless of its legal classification, you may be entitled to collect monetary damages from the person who hit you. It is important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney who can advise you further on what your rights may be under the law so that you can recover all the money to which you are entitled.

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