Motor scooters are a fun way to get around Tampa, FL. After all, they’re lightweight and easy to maneuver. If you’re looking for a way to work around the Tampa traffic, motor scooters may seem like the perfect solution.

But before you invest in a new vehicle, you might have a question or two. Primarily, how safe are motor scooters exactly? 

In this blog, we’ll cover the things you need to know about motor scooter safety in Tampa, FL. 

What Kinds of Motor Scooters Are Available?

In Florida, the term “motor scooter” is different from a “motorized scooter.” Motor scooters have seats, while motorized scooters do not. Both vehicles are legal to operate, but this article will cover motor scooters specifically. 

Legally, motor scooters are defined as “limited use motorcycles,” and they are typically classified by speed.

For Beginner Riders

Beginners should start with a basic scooter that can travel between 15 and 20 MPH. These vehicles will get you from place to place. These scooters are classified as Class C vehicles.

For Intermediate Riders

With a little experience under your belt, you may be ready to move to a faster bike. One that goes between 20 and 30 MPH might be appropriate. These vehicles are classified as Class B vehicles. 

For Experienced Riders

If you have a lot of experience, you may be ready to move on to a faster scooter. These vehicles can travel at speeds between 30 and 40 MPH and sometimes even faster. They are classified as Class A vehicles.

What Are the Licensing Requirements for Motor Scooters in Tampa?

Beyond licensing, there are other requirements for operating a scooter legally in Florida.

Here are some general guidelines for your motor scooter:

  • Register and license your motor scooter through the state
  • Do not ride your motor scooter on a highway
  • You must have a license to drive your motor scooter on the road

Don’t forget that you are held to the same laws as other drivers when you’re operating a motor scooter. For example, if you are caught driving a motor scooter while intoxicated, you could receive a DUI. 

Are Motor Scooter Accidents Common?

As scooters grow in popularity, more scooter accidents are being reported. Still, there is no evidence to suggest that riding a scooter is any more or less dangerous than driving a car. 

As with other vehicle types, scooter accidents typically happen because the operator or another traveler is negligent. 

Overall, these are the common causes of scooter accidents:

  • Vehicle malfunctions, like failing brakes, motor issues, or flat tires
  • Road hazards, like potholes or debris
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Distracted drivers

Because motor scooters are smaller vehicles, other drivers may fail to see them when they’re passing on the road. For this reason, the most common types of accidents involving motor scooters are head-on collisions and left-turn collisions.

What Should You Do If You’re in an Accident?

As is the case in a motorcycle accident, motor scooter drivers may be more vulnerable to serious injury if they are involved in a collision. 

Common injuries faced by motor scooter riders include:

It’s important to take all collisions seriously and follow these steps in the aftermath:

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

Even if you feel okay, get checked by a doctor. Shock can keep pain and injuries hidden in the immediate aftermath of a collision.

Document the Scene

Take photographs and collect the contact information of any witnesses if possible.

Speak with an Attorney

A personal injury attorney can help you to seek a fair settlement after an accident, accounting for your injuries, lost wages, property damages, and any long-term care needs you might face.

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