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Electric Scooter Laws in Florida: The Dos and Don'ts

Electric Scooter Laws in Florida: The Dos and Don’ts

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Next time you’re strolling through downtown St. Pete, check out how many electric scooters there are. Exactly three years ago, Florida governor Ron DeSantos signed a bill that legalized e-scooters in Florida. As an inexpensive, fun, fast, and environmentally friendly way to whizz about town, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. At Jenkins Law, we are specialists when it comes to electric scooter laws.

But not so fast! Did you know that many e-scooters can really move? Most travels at over 15mph, and some go over 30mph! And remember that a scooter rider is lower than a bicycle rider, and therefore harder for drivers to see. Scooters have no turn signals and rain can dampen the grip. This new mode of transport means that many accidents happen with inexperienced riders who don’t anticipate dangerous scenarios.

This summer, if you’re picking out a shiny new e-scooter, or renting one for the day, stop and get to know the electric scooter laws in Florida what using an e-scooter fully entails, and understand the dangers. We blogged last year on our top tips for exercising outdoors safely, and this summer we want you to know the essential e-scooter dos and don’ts when it comes to exploring Florida. 

Dos 

  • Use bicycle lanes or streets which have a 30mph speed limit for your electric scooter. No riding is permitted on sidewalks, beach paths, or private property. Stay in your designated path and be aware of your surroundings. Hey, it’s the law: if you’re caught riding a motorized scooter on a sidewalk, you’ll be issued with a citation, per Florida Statute 316.1995
  • Yield to pedestrians, especially when you ride in busy urban areas. Our motto is simple: ride respectfully
  • Park the e-scooter without blocking sidewalks, bikeways, or paths. Drop the scooter off in designated places.
  • Wear a helmet (we blogged about the importance of a helmet when riding a bicycle, and this is just as important on an e-scooter)

Don’ts

  • Only 1 rider is allowed per scooter – never double ride, especially with children
  • Never drive under the influence or drive recklessly

License to Scoot

There’s no insurance requirement for an electric scooter, however, we highly recommend that you carry motor scooter insurance, so that medical bills, property damage, or other damage can be covered. 

E-scooter riders have the same rights and responsibilities as bicyclists, which includes the right to use bicycle lanes, however, local city officials decide the rest of the regulations. As for Tampa, you must be a minimum of 16 years of age to ride an electric scooter, and have a valid driving license or permit. Helmets are encouraged but not required. 

Scooter Sharing

E-scooter riders in big cities can use a smartphone app to find an empty scooter, scan a code to unlock it, pay a small fee per mile, and then mark the location where they parked the scooter. You can learn more about these apps (Razor / Veo) thanks to this St. Pete Chamber of Commerce article here. 

If the Worst Should Happen, We’re Here

Electric scooter injuries are on the rise, and it’s no surprise to learn that injuries from a collision or accident on a scooter can include head injuries, lacerations, broken bones, and bruises. There have been deaths and lawsuits also in relation to e-scooters. It is important for riders to be aware of and comply with the electric scooter laws in their area to ensure their own safety and the safety of others. 

Have fun and stay safe out there. And if you suffer a personal injury while riding an electric scooter, we can help. At Jenkins Law P.L. we are personal injury specialists, and we’ve got the personal service, compassion, and experience to get you and your life back on track.

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Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Lawyer After a Scooter Accident in Florida

Electric scooter laws vary by state and municipality, but generally, riders are required to follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists. Hiring an experienced lawyer after a scooter accident in Florida can provide several benefits, including:

Knowledge of state laws and regulations: An experienced lawyer will have a thorough understanding of the state’s laws and regulations related to scooter accidents and can help ensure that your rights are protected.

Evidence gathering: An experienced lawyer can help you gather evidence to support your claims, such as medical records, witness statements, and accident reports.

Insurance negotiation: An experienced lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Court representation: If necessary, an experienced lawyer can represent you in court and advocate on your behalf.

Guidance and support: An experienced lawyer will be able to provide guidance and support throughout the legal process, which can be stressful and overwhelming.

Maximize compensation: An experienced lawyer will know how to build a strong case and maximize the compensation you may be entitled to, including non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

Handle the paperwork and deadlines: An experienced lawyer will handle all the paperwork and make sure that it is filed correctly and on time, which can be difficult to do on your own.

When Should I Call an Accident Attorney?

It is best to call a scooter accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. This is because the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner they can begin to gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. Additionally, there are deadlines to file a claim or a lawsuit, called statute of limitations, which vary from state to state and can be as short as a few months, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss any deadlines.

Here are some steps that you should take after a scooter accident:

Seek medical attention: Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Some injuries may not present symptoms immediately.

Gather information: Take pictures of the accident scene, get contact information from any witnesses and the other driver, and take note of the make, model, and license plate number of the other vehicle.

Contact a lawyer: Contact an experienced scooter accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and determine your legal options.

Don’t speak to insurance companies: Do not speak to insurance companies or make any statements until you have talked to a lawyer. Insurance companies may try to take advantage of you by getting you to settle your claim for less than you deserve.

Follow your lawyer’s instructions: Listen to your lawyer’s instructions and follow their guidance throughout the legal process.

Get in Touch With Experienced Accident Lawyers in Florida Today

If you or a loved one have been involved in an electric scooter accident, don’t hesitate to contact Jenkins Law firm. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of electric scooter accident victims and fighting for the compensation they deserve. With our knowledge of the laws surrounding electric scooter accidents, we can help you navigate the legal process and get the results you need.

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Don’t let an accident hold you back, contact Jenkins Law!

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