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4 Common Causes Of Scooter And Moped Accidents On Florida Keys Public Roads

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Moped and scooters are a common sight on Florida Keys public roads. Many people enjoy riding on mopeds and scooters because of the freedom and comfort these forms of transportation offer. Riding on a moped or scooter is also fun. However, riding a scooter or moped comes with the risk of severe injuries in the event of an accident. Regrettably, scooter and moped accidents are quite common in the Keys.

Some common types of scooter and moped accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Deep abrasions

Common Causes of Scooter and Moped Accidents on Florida Keys Public Roads

Scooter and moped accidents happen on Florida Keys public roads for many reasons.  Scooters and moped are smaller / narrower than cars.   As such, a motorist may not be on the lookout for scooters and mopeds.   Below are four of the most common causes of scooter and moped accidents on Florida Keys public roads.

Reckless Driving

Quite a number of moped and scooter accidents happen because of drivers who choose to drive recklessly. Some examples of reckless driving behavior include weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds and drag racing.

Driving Under the Influence

Unfortunately, when a motorist decides to drive while drunk, they put their lives and the lives of other road users, including moped and scooter riders, at risk. According to the NHTSA, approximately 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes every day.

Left Turns

A moped or scooter accident can also occur when a driver turns left in front of a moped or scooter. For instance, if a driver misjudges the speed at which a moped or scooter is traveling, they may end up turning left in front of a moped or scooter without ample time to get across the opposing traffic. A T-bone accident might occur between the turning vehicle and the moped or scooter in such a case.

Drivers Switching Lanes Into Moped or Scooters

Because of the size of mopeds and scooters, sometimes drivers switch lanes without realizing that a moped or scooter is alongside them. If a driver changes lanes when a moped or scooter is alongside them, the moped or scooter rider might lose control and crash with another vehicle.

Failure To Stop

If, for example, a driver fails to stop at a traffic signal, they might end up colliding into a moped or scooter. If a scooter or moped is rear-ended by a car or truck, the scooter or moped rider is likely to be left with severe injuries if they survive the accident.

Who Is At-Fault When a Moped or Scooter Accident Occurs on a Public Road?

Often, when a moped or scooter accident happens on a public road, it happens because of a driver’s negligence. Sometimes moped and scooter accidents can even involve multiple vehicle drivers. A scooter or moped manufacturer can also be held liable for a scooter or moped accident in part or in whole.

A skilled attorney can help you determine fault after a moped or scooter accident and recover the compensation you deserve.

Contact a Key West Scooter & Moped Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered injuries in a scooter or moped accident in The Keys, contact a Key West & Marathon moped & scooter accident attorney at Florida Keys Injury today. We can help you determine fault, hold the at-fault party accountable, and recover the compensation you deserve.

Resource:

nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving#:~:text=Overview,These%20deaths%20were%20all%20preventable.

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