Is Protective Eyewear Required While Operating a Motor Scooter?
Under Section 316.211, Florida Statutes, a person operating a motorcycle is required to wear protective eye wear. Like other parts of the Florida Statutes, there is an exception for motor scooters which an engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less which is rated not less than 2 brake horsepower and which cannot travel at a speed more than 30 miles per hour on flat ground. There are other sources and authorities out there who believe that the Florida Statutes require a person operating a motor scooter to wear protective eye wear. However, the reading of Section 316.211 (3) a seems to carve out an exception or exemption for motor scooters which an engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less. Most motor scooters out in the community, college campuses and elsewhere have engines with these specifications. As such, it would appear that most motor scooter riders out there can ride a motor scooter without protective eye wear.
Regardless of the interpretation of the Florida Statues as to eye wear and motor scooters, it is important for safety reasons to wear protective eye wear while riding a motor scooter. Debris, rocks, and other eyes can easily get into the eyes / vision of a motor scooter rider. A helmet with a protective shield or separately worn protective eye wear can help avoid accident or incidents that stem from the failure to wear protective eye wear. This same logic and safety advice can apply to the wearing of helmet for motor scooter operators.
Following a Florida motor scooter accident, the injury victim is faced with a number of challenges and issues. If the injuries were caused partially or wholly by the fault of another driver, the injury victim can pursue a case in the State of Florida for compensation and damages related to the personal injuries. Attorney David Wolf handles motor scooter, motorcycle, and related accidents throughout the State of Florida. With over 28 years of experience, David Wolf understands the intricacies and procedures related to personal injury claims and cases. David Wolf is the author of 12 books and over 4,000 articles that focus on personal injury issues. Contact David Wolf today for a free consultation so that you can protect and enforce your legal rights. If the case is accepted for representation, it will be handled on a contingency basis which means that there will no attorneys or costs charged to the client unless there is a financial recovery or settlement.
Operating a motor scooter on Florida's streets and roadways is perfectly legal and proscribed by Florida law. Drivers of motor vehicles should be on the lookout for scooters. A person operating or riding a motor scooter is put at risk for serious personal injury when a distracted or negligent driver violates the rules of the road and causes a motor scooter accident. When there is a motor scooter accident, the police should be contacted to properly document the details of the crash, witness statements, and insurance information. Even if there is no police report, a motor scooter injury victim can still pursue a case or claim for personal injuries.