Fatal scooter accidents in Florida highlight the dangers of the technology

Fatal scooter accidents in Florida highlight the dangers of the technology

Victims of scooter accidents are often young people.

In the past month alone, two motorcycle accidents resulted in the deaths of students in South Florida while commuting. On Monday, 16-year-old Anthony Malek was struck and killed by a Tesla while riding his electric scooter to school. On March 5, Daniel Bishop, a senior at the University of Miami, was killed while riding his scooter to class. Bishop Marjory Stoneman Douglas attended and survived the mass shooting in 2018.

In car-dependent areas like South Florida, scooters have been a temporary solution to the problem of the “last mile,” or the last leg of a trip, such as getting from home to campus or between the Brightline train station and the office. Micromobility devices represent an attractive option for those who live close to a destination and may not have immediate access to a car.

But the area’s reliance on cars also makes it a deadly place for motorcyclists, as they are often silent, unpredictable or barely visible on roads and intersections. The deaths of two students within weeks have highlighted the dangers of growing new technology interfering with South Florida’s lifestyles. As with the state’s roads, its laws and accident reporting procedures often fail to take scooters into account.

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