Recently, we posted an article that covered personal injury cases involving motorcycle accidents and how they are handled a bit differently than car accident cases. Mopeds, Vespas, and electric and motorized scooters that are growing in popularity also have high risks for serious injuries; therefore their cases are handled in a similar way to a motorcycle case. However, they are treated differently under Florida Law regarding the use of them. Before operating any device like that, reading and understanding the rules and regulations is imperative to ensuring your safety. Every company has its own guidelines to lawfully protect their users and their liability, and every city and sate has their own laws regarding the use of scooters as well.
Florida Moped Laws
In order to ride a moped legally in Florida, you must be at least 16 years old and have either a Class E or “Motorcycle Only” driver’s license. You also must register the moped with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), obtain a license plate and renew your registration annually. However, you don’t need to obtain a title for your moped as you would with a motorcycle. Mopeds are street-legal and can be ridden on public roads, but you cannot drive a moped on the highway.
Florida Scooter Laws
You have to be at least 16 to operate a motor or electric scooter in Florida. You also need a valid driver or motorcycle’s license, although you do not need to carry scooter insurance. Helmets are required for riders under 16. Motorized scooters may not carry passengers. No scooters are allowed on highways, and most cities in Florida do not allow them on sidewalks either. On the roads, they must obey all normal traffic laws and signs as well while staying as far to the right-hand side of the road as possible, except when making a left turn or maneuvering to avoid hazards in the road.
If you choose to rent the scooters like the bird and lime scooters, their guidelines are posted in the app used to rent them, so be sure to read up on it before you start riding. Making sure you stick with all the rules and regulations of operating a scooter or moped will not only protect your safety, but it can also make or break your case if you were to be injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving the use of a scooter, the first thing that can harm your personal injury case is if you were not operating the device in accordance with the laws. Call our office at (954) 755-7803 or reach out to us here if you are involved in a Moped or Scooter accident.