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Scooter & Moped Accidents


Gainesville Scooter & Moped Accidents Attorney

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In part due to Florida’s year round mild weather conditions, the use of motorized bikes, such as mopeds and scooters, continues to be a popular form of transportation throughout the state. And as gas prices increase, so has the use of mopeds, scooters and other similar low-speed motorized bikes. Unfortunately, as the presence of motorized bikes on our roadways increases, so does the potential for serious accidents. Gainesville Scooter & Moped Accidents attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., represent the victims of accidents involving the drivers or passengers of mopeds, scooters, and other low-speed motorized vehicles.

According to recent statistical crash data for Florida, there was a greater than 20% increase of scooter and moped accidents between 2010 and 2011. This can partially be attributed to the more than 60% increase in sales of these motorized vehicles. The use of scooters and mopeds is especially prevalent in college communities. Large college campuses in particular have higher rates of scooter use. Gainesville’s University of Florida alone has more than 50,000 students. As a result of the sheer volume of students who require a convenient and affordable means of transportation to make short distance trips on a frequent basis, scooters have gained increasing popularity.

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Highly populated areas such as those that surround college campuses, often have heavy traffic, which can make the risk of traveling by scooter or moped all the more dangerous. One of the leading causes of death in moped accidents is the driver or passenger’s failure to wear a helmet. A recent study revealed that more than 17% of moped users were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The Moped and Scooter Accident Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim, P.A. urge all drivers and passengers to protect themselves through the use of a helmet.

Just a few types of Scooter & Moped Accident cases are:

Mopeds and Scooters, just like motorcycles, can be particularly dangerous due to the exposed nature of the driver or passenger. Of the hundreds of scooter or moped accidents that occur each year in Florida, more than 90%, on average, involved an injury or fatality. Such an alarming rate of injury is clearly a concerning safety issue for residents of Florida. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a moped or scooter accident, it is important that you know your legal rights. In some cases, such as a hit and run accident, the victim may be covered under their own auto insurance policy.

Just a few Scooter & Moped Accident-related injuries are:

Moped and Scooter accidents, like any other accident, require a thorough investigation in order to assess all possible causes. Through investigating the incident, a determination can be made as to which party or parties are appropriate to direct claims of negligence towards. Because there may be time limitations associated with your right to bring a claim, in addition to requirements that the victim seek medical treatment within a specified period following the accident, it is imperative that you consult with a personal injury attorney experienced in moped and scooter accident as soon as possible.