E-Scooter Use on the Rise in Miami: Safety Tips and Reminders

As consumer prices continue to soar and people are feeling more pain at the gas pump, many people are turning to an unexpected source of transportation for getting around Miami: E-scooters. According to a May 25, 2022 press release, the current market size for e-scooters is $626.8 million and expected to reach $806.3 million by 2032. Besides the financial benefit of not requiring gas, e-scooters are: 

  • Lower in cost than purchasing a passenger vehicle;
  • Convenient to fold-up and stow instead of parking; and,
  • An effective way to supplement public transportation, since they can come onboard with the user.

Considering these and other benefits, it is easy to see why more people are purchasing e-scooters or renting them through Bird and Lime sharing services. However, the advantages can be overshadowed by safety concerns. Riders are vulnerable to Miami e-scooter accidents for many reasons, so it is worthwhile to offer some tips and reminders for both new and experienced users.

Wear the Proper Gear

You know the importance of putting on a helmet when riding an e-scooter, bike, or motorcycle, which statistically cuts the risk of fatal head injuries by up to 60%. Plus, make sure the rest of your attire is geared toward safety. For instance:

  • Always wear closed-toe shoes, not flip flops.
  • Long pants offer better protection from road rash than shorts.
  • Never wear a skirt while riding an e-scooter, as the fabric can get caught up in the wheels or other machinery.

Follow Florida Traffic Laws

ALL individuals using Florida roadways and adjacent spaces are required to comply with traffic rules, including e-scooter riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists. These laws are meant to enhance safety, so adherence is the best way to protect yourself. Some important regulations to note are:

  • Operate the e-scooter in the same direction as traffic.
  • Always come to a complete stop when required at intersections with traffic controls.
  • Use turn indicators if your vehicle is equipped with them, or indicate a turn via arm signals.

Be “Predictable” When Riding

You may have heard of defensive driving, but being a predictable road user takes things a step further. It is important to be proactive to let other motorists know your intentions, rather than making a sudden turn or stop – and expecting drivers to respond. Whenever possible, make eye contact with motorists as communication.

Remember that E-Scooters are NOT for Kids

Bird and Lime do not allow users under 18 years old to rent an e-scooter, and parents should take note of what this rule says about safety. Children should not be riding privately owned vehicles around traffic, though it is possible to operate them safely in spaces without motorized vehicle traffic.

Count on a Miami E-Scooter Accidents Attorney for Legal Help

Safety tips are useful for avoiding collisions, but no amount of caution can completely eliminate the risk of serious e-scooter accidents. Victims may qualify for monetary damages from the at-fault motorists, so please contact Gerson & Schwartz, PA to learn more. You can schedule a free consultation at our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL by calling (305) 371-6000 or going online.

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