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E-Scooter Safety Tips

How to Avoid an Electric Scooter Accident Before you Ride

The Datny Law Firm in Boca Raton and Personal Injury Lawyer David B. Datny help victims of Electric Scooter Accidents throughout the State of Florida including (but not limited to) those in Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas, Hollywood, Miami, South Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando.

Injuries from Electric Scooters have been increasing steadily at an estimated accident rate of 1,000 per month. E-Scooter Riders are flooding Emergency Rooms with injured wrists, elbows and heads among other things. In fact, a recent study from Rutgers University revealed facial and head injuries from Scooter Accidents have tripled over the past decade.

In Broward County, Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue released new statistics showing dozens of Scooter Accidents across the City including downtown, by the beach along A1A and on Las Olas. Sadly, in April 2019, a scooter rider died in crash with car on busy Fort Lauderdale road. The death was believed to be the first in Broward County involving an E-Scooter according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

While laws and regulations pertaining to the use of Scooters continue to evolve, it is important to ensure your own safety before engaging a ride share device or operating an Electric Scooter in Florida. In order to reduce the risk of being injured in an E-Scooter Crash, whether with a car, motorcyclists or pedestrian, you should practice safe driving at all times. A detailed list of pointers and safety tips to help you to stay accident free while enjoying the benefits of Electric Scooters are below.

 

1. Inspect The Scooter

Prior to operating the device, after activation, be sure to check it is working properly. Check the tires and test the brakes, throttle and lights. If anything on the Scooter is not working, appears off, broken or worn, find another device to use. 
 

2. Ride Solo

These Scooters are built for one rider, not two. Carrying a second rider increases the risk of equipment malfunction or accident related to the unsafe operation of the device.

 

3. Wear a Helmet and Safety Equipment

The proper headgear can prevent a minor fall from turning into a major injury including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Concussion.

 

4. Concentrate on Your Surroundings

Failure to pay attention or be aware of the prevailing weather, traffic and road conditions is a major cause of E-Scooter accidents. Do not text and drive or talk on the phone wile operating the Scooter. Unplug headphones. Keep you ears focused on sounds from the road including pedestrians, cars and other riders.

5. Avoid Slippery Roads

Roads, sidewalks and other surfaces may be slippery even when it hasn’t rained.

6. Discontinue Use During Severe Rain and Lightning Storms

The weather can change quick in South Florida. Always keep an eye on the local weather forecast while operating an electric scooter.

7. Follow Traffic Laws

Make sure you are aware of the rules and regulations governing Scooter use in the area you are in. They may vary by location.

8. If You’ve Been Injured in an E-Scooter Accident, Contact The Datny Law Firm

Personal Injury Lawyer and Electric Scooter Accident Attorney David B. Datny is available 24/7 via phone or text at 561-221-7474.

Following an accident, whether involving a Scooter, a Car, or something else, time is of the essence. Important evidence, photographs, surveillance and witness information will be forever lost if it not immediately identified and preserved.

After calling the Police, and getting Emergency Medical Attention, but before talking with any insurance companies, contact Mr. Datny and The Datny Law Firm. We will walk you through the claim process at the scene or shortly thereafter to make sure your rights are protected and the insurance companies, adjusters, defense lawyers or investigators do not take advantage of you.

All consultations are FREE whether they are done in person, on the phone, via Skype or otherwise. We will also travel to you regardless of where you are located in Florida. There is NO FEE unless we win your case!

Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer David B. Datny and The Datny Law Firm represent E-Scooter Accident Victims throughout Florida including Palm Beach County, Broward County, Boca Raton, Wellington, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, Lantana, Golden Lakes, Loxahatchee, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Greenacres, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach. We also represent Clients in Broward County including Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Key Biscayne, Miami, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, Orlando, St. Augustine, South Miami.

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