An unidentified woman who works for the University of Florida in Gainesville was hospitalized after her motor scooter was rear ended by a car on Archer Road in Gainesville. The crash happened Tuesday, November 1 at about 3:50 p.m. when a Honda and the scooter were heading in the same direction and the car ran into the scooter. There is no word on whether this woman was wearing a helmet. She is hospitalized in Shands at the University of Florida in critical condition. There is still some confusion in this article from The Gainesville Sun as to exactly what happened, but witnesses write below the online article that the rear tire of the scooter was smashed up to the seating area. There is no word on whether or not charges will be filed.
Share the Road
Scooters are ridden by children and adults. In the case of a child, a scooter may be a basic skateboard with a motor and handle. Florida law classifies a scooter as a vehicle with a motor of 50 cc or less. The maximum speed is about 30 mph and they are used as a convenient and inexpensive way to get around. The operator does not have to have a motorcycle license, just the standard Class E license. Riders must be at least 16 years old and scooters should be equipped with lights, brakes, and mirrors.
The scooter driver has the same rights as other motorists and should be able to share the road with all sorts of motor vehicles.
Let’s pray that this woman has a swift recovery and the at-fault driver is cited according to Florida law. Experienced Florida scooter accident attorneys can launch their own investigation to help determine how the crash happened to increase your chances for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
Source: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20111101/ARTICLES/111109974/-1/entertainment?Title=UF-employee-seriously-injured-in-scooter-crash; http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/other-types.php