Scooter and Bicycle Accidents

South Florida has more bicycle accidents related deaths than most other places in the U.S.

Bicycle Accidents

In South Florida, cycling is a very popular sport due to the warm climate, but we are near the top of the list in the country for bicycle accidents related deaths. In 2017 there were 783 cyclists killed in the United States, with 125 (16%) of those deaths in Florida. Many of these accidents are preventable. Click here for more information as well as for bicycle and motorist safety tips. Bicycle accidents can be caused not only by a careless driver, but also as a result of just opening a car door without looking first to see if a cyclist is nearby. Bicycle accidents also occur from a defective bike, or a negligent repair by a bicycle repair shop. Injuries involving bicycles are typically more severe due to the smaller size & weight compared to motor vehicles, and due to the exposure to the rider. Although anyone involved in  bicycle accidents should seek immediate medical attention, it is particularly critical to do so in the case of a child because there may be serious injuries that are not visible but could prove to be catastrophic or fatal. Most common injuries from bicycle accidents where the cyclist strikes the ground, the windshield, or other objects include:
  • Facial injuries
  • Spine injuries.
  • Head trauma
  • Ruptured discs
  • Bone fractures

Electric Scooter Accidents

Electric scooter (e-scooter) rentals have become increasingly popular in major cities throughout the United States including here in South Florida.  They provide an alternative way for the public to go sightseeing, a new transportation option for locals in downtown areas to commute with fewer traffic and parking hassles, and of course just plain old fun.  However, the roadways, sidewalks and bicycle lanes are shared by everyone and an electric scooter rider and those around them face increased risk of serious injuries as a result.  Much like bicycle and pedestrian accidents, accidents involving scooters often involve catastrophic injuries or even death.

Scooter accidents can happen in a variety of ways:

  • Aggressive or distracted motor vehicle drivers
  • Unsafe scooter due to design or manufacturing defect
  • Improper maintenance or repairs
  • Brake failure
  • Defects in a sidewalk or driveway.
Defective Scooters Can Also Cause Accidents:
  • Collapsed handlebars
  • Brake failure
  • Flat tires
  • Defective motors

The most common scooter accident injuries can include:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Loss or reduction of mobility
  • Neck and spine injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Scrapes and bruises

Call and schedule your free consultation. Electric scooter cases can be complex and should be evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney.  Let us review the facts and determine what legal options you may have.

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