Jacksonville, Florida, USA downtown city skyline on St. Johns River.

Is there a Maximum Speed Limit for Motor Scooters in the State of Florida?

Is there a Maximum Speed Limit for Motor Scooters in the State of Florida?Like other motor vehicles in the State of Florida, operators of motor scooters must obey posted speed limits. Section 316.184, Florida Statutes governs the general speed limits which are 30 miles per hour in residential and business districts, 20 to 25 miles per hour on local street and highways as determined by local authorizes, 55 miles per hour in other area, and no greater than 70 miles per hour on highways that are part of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. As such, the operator of a motor scooter must follow the laws in a similar manner to a driver operating a motor vehicle.

The laws in the State of Florida designate motor scooters with an engine displacement of 50 cc or less in a different category as those motor scooters over 50 cc which would in essence be categorized a motorcycle for purposes of medical coverage, insurance, helmet use, motorcycle endorsement, and other laws.

There is no helmet requirement to operate a motor scooter with an engine displacement of 50 cc or less and that cannot exceed a speed of 30 miles per hour on flat ground. A scenario may arise in which an operator of a motor scooter with an engine displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less is traveling at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour without a helmet. If a police officer observes that a motor scooter operator is going faster than 30 miles per hour without a helmet, a citation may be issued for failure to wear a helmet.

As to speed limits, it should be made clear that under Florida law - a motor scooter is a motor vehicle. As such, operators of motor scooters need to obey the rules of the road and posted speed limits. Certainly, it is important that motor scooter operators be alert and safe while on the roads and streets. Likewise, drivers of other motor vehicles should be on the look out for motor scooters. When there is a crash between a motor vehicle and a motor scooter, there can be quite significant and permanent injuries suffered by the motor scooter operator.

In the State of Florida, it is often helpful to have a police report to document the details of the crash, the property damage, and reported injuries. To pursue a personal injury case following a motor scooter accident, it is not required that a police report is generated. However, it is preferable. It should also be noted that the issuance of a citation or the lack of the issuance of a citation following a motor scooter accident in the State of Florida is not controlling on the pursuit of personal injury claim on behalf of the personal injury victim. In other words, Florida law does not appoint the police officer as judge and jury as to who was at fault for an accident.

Following a motor scooter accident, there are a number of challenges and issues faced by a motor scooter personal injury victim. An experienced personal injury attorney can help provide advice, guidance, and legal representation on cases of this nature. Attorney David Wolf has over 28 years of experience. His legal practice only represents injury victims and not insurance companies. It is important to level the playing field when pursuing a personal injury case or claim. David Wolf provides a free consultation to personal injury victims and their families. Contact David Wolf right now. He is available days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Get the Wolf to enforce and protect your legal rights. (904) 500-WOLF / (904) 500-9653. You can also e-mail David Wolf at dwolf@davidalanwolf.com

Client Reviews
★★★★★
I was in need of legal advice and David was there to assist. I was given advice most attorneys would charge outrageous fees for. When I called David promptly replied, got a grasp of my issue and gave wonderful advice and then referred me to someone who could better handle my issue. I would highly recommend him and if anything else comes up, my first call will be to him. Tracey
★★★★★
David did a great job representing my family in a recent legal matter. He provided great communication in a clear, concise and timely manner. He thoroughly outlined what our options were and answered all our questions. We were extremely pleased with the outcome and highly recommend anyone seeking legal counsel to contact him. David
★★★★★
David Wolf has provided legal advice and representation to me on a variety of issues. I have referred family members and friends to him as well. Whenever a legal issue arises, he is the first person I contact because I am always provided prompt and practical legal advice. I know that I am not David’s only client but he sure does his best to make me and others feel that way. Jill Kestner
★★★★★
David did an outstanding job with my case from start to finish. He was professional and courteous throughout the process and he made sure that I stayed informed. I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel. Adam
★★★★★
David Wolfe was very prompt in returning my call for advice. He was sensitive to my issue, gave clear legal advice, with creative options. Extremely thorough and caring. Will use him in future if in need again and will refer him to family and friends. Jo