Travelling along our highways and our beachfront roadways means encountering
a wide range of vehicles. Our climate and our tourism industry contribute
to the plethora of transit options. People must be prepared for the vehicles
they choose, an obligation that includes knowing how the vehicle operates
and how to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Today's blog entry focuses on scooters, an option chosen for the open-air
thrills and affordable rental fees/purchase prices. While rider safety
is critical, drivers also have an obligation to remember the reality of
our roads and remain vigilant and alert for all travelers. When negligent
drivers cause scooter accidents that injure or kill the rider, our Panama
City scooter accident attorney is ready to step in and advocate for the
victims and their families.
Bay County Looks to Update Scooter Rental Rules
Recently, Panama City Beach made changes to their scooter rental rules
and Bay County is now considering similar proposals. As My Panhandle notes,
this is no surprise. Both communities benefit economically from the Spring
Break scooter rental boom but both also face the downsides, namely scooter
accidents and injuries. In a shift from earlier proposals, the current
version will not require tall flags on the back of scooters.
However, riders will be required to wear brightly colored vests on any
county maintained road. Bay County Commissioner Mike Thomas explains the
vest rule is aimed at making scooters more visible to other vehicles and
reducing accident rates. While the proposals generally mirror recently
approved changes in Panama City Beach, the County is requiring a higher
amount of insurance coverage than is required in PCB.
Overview of Scooter Rider Safety
We believe it is important for scooter riders to remember the ride can
be fun but it can also be dangerous. Riders should take steps to prevent
crashes and keep themselves and others safe. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation
("MSF"), a not-for-profit group that scooter.jpgeducates and
trains riders, offers a scooter safety class and makes their Scooter Basic
Ridercourse Student Handbook available online. Explaining the rationale
for scooter safety training, the handbook notes that scooters lack the
stability of other vehicles. Riders are particularly vulnerable as they
lack the protection afforded by a car and are not as readily seen as other
vehicles, even motorcycles.
The MSF promotes risk management and having a riding strategy. Before riding,
riders should don personal protective gear including a helmet, eye protection,
and protective clothing. It also means inspecting the scooter and making
sure you understand its operation.
While riding, remaining visible is key. Riders should also be prepared
in advance to respond to traffic and hazards. MSF uses the acronym "SEE"
to summarize safe scooter travels -- Search, Evaluate, and Execute. The
handbook also provides more detailed advice on handling a range of roadway
conditions (ex. managing intersections and curves).
Reputation, Commitment, & Trust: A Law Firm for Injured Scooter Riders
in Northwest Florida
As the MSF Handbook notes: "Not all risks to a rider are due to the
rider's own behavior. While it is possible to reduce much of your
own risk, safety in traffic is a responsibility shared by everyone."
Scooter riders who have been hurt and families of riders who have died
in accidents caused by another traveler deserve compensation.
Our Bay County scooter accident law firm is here to help them obtain money
damages via a civil lawsuit. Two important notes: 1) Most cases settle
before trial, but it is a mistake to agree to a settlement without consulting
your own legal counsel and 2) The law is realistic; you may be entitled
to damages even if your own actions were far from perfect.
People choose The Pittman Firm because of our reputation for getting results,
our commitment to our clients, and our vow to always be deserving of your
trust. Call for a personal consultation.
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