Man, Seriously Injured In Vero Beach Scooter Crash
While scooters are a popular way to get from place to place in Florida, they are not the safest form of transportation. Scooters offer no protection in the event of a crash, which means users can get seriously injured.
This is what happened to a man who was riding a scooter in Vero Beach on the morning of February 25. The 70-year-old man collided with a sedan at 12th Street and Commerce Avenue. He suffered serious injuries.
The man was riding a KYMCO scooter when he collided with a Ford Fusion for unknown reasons. The man was seriously injured and was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce. Nobody in the sedan was injured.
It is unknown if speed was an issue in the crash. The speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour. However, some models of the KYMCO scooter can reach top speeds of 60 miles per hour.
With gas prices jumping steadily, people are trading in cars for scooters. Scooters are a great way to get through traffic, since they are small and easy to maneuver. However, they are prone to accidents since they are small and harder for drivers to see. Plus, many riders are not fully trained on proper scooter use. They may use them recklessly as if they are toys and try to perform tricks with them, causing injury accidents.
Scooter accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including the following:
- Head injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
Broken bones are also common, with the skull, face, nose, and neck being affected the most. The children and elderly are especially prone to injuries. Children are at risk because they tend to use scooters as toys and not ride them properly. Their lack of driving experience may cause them to be a danger to others. For example, they may careen toward pedestrians at top speed.
Many elderly people are on medications such as blood thinners. In an accident, this medication can cause heavy internal bleeding. On top of that, advanced age often leads to brittle bones, which can easily break if an elderly person falls off a scooter.
Wearing a helmet is the best thing riders can do to prevent these types of injuries. A helmet can protect the head and prevent skull fractures, concussions, and brain damage.
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Scooter use may be fun but it is not always safe. Many people do not wear helmets while riding them, increasing the risk of serious injury.
If you have been injured in a scooter crash, the Florida scooter accident attorneys at Meldon Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. We understand how severe the consequences may be. To schedule a consultation with our office, you can call us 24/7 at (800) 373-8000 or fill out the online form. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, and Fort Lauderdale.