Understanding Why Moped Accident Injuries Happen
With such a beautiful climate here in the southern part of Florida, it is no surprise that so many people take advantage of driving scooters, motorcycles and mopeds. Every year it seems like more and more visitors and locals alike take advantage of the sunny weather by riding motorized vehicles – especially mopeds. However, this cost-effective form of transportation can also pose a huge risk to those who ride them because of one of the most appealing aspects to the riders – the fact that they are open to the elements.
An example of the potential tragedies that can occur was recently spotlighted in the news. The South Florida Sun Sentinel recently reported that a moped driver was killed in a hit-and-run accident after an unidentified vehicle traveling south rear-ended it on Interstate 95 in Hollywood. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the other vehicle fled the scene after the crash. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident which resulted in the death of the 36-year-old moped driver.
What is a Motor Scooter?
The typical motor scooter, also known as a moped, is a single-passenger two wheeled motorized vehicle that has an automatic transmission. According to the results published in one report, between 2002 and 2008 there were 5,660 moped crashes in the state of Florida. Of these crashes, 18 percent resulted in severe or fatal injury.
Why Do Motor Scooter Accident Injuries Happen?
Car drivers aren’t paying attention. While drivers have an obligation to look out for other vehicles, unfortunately, they are often focused on cars and trucks and can miss motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and moped drivers when they aren’t paying attention.
Alcohol is involved. Regardless of the kind of vehicle a driver is operating, drinking and driving is always a bad idea and is often a factor in car accidents. If drinking, always designate a sober driver or use a ride sharing app such as Lyft or Uber.
The moped driver isn’t wearing proper safety gear. Even if hopping on for a quick trip to a nearby store, protective equipment should always be worn. This can include everything from a properly-fitting helmet to eyewear that eliminates sun glare.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Car Accident While Riding a Moped?
With everything that you are probably experiencing after suffering an injury, including mounting medical bills and lost wages, you may be unsure what direction to turn in for support. However, you can gain clarity by consulting with an attorney who focuses on car accident law immediately after a Florida moped accident. We have helped many others in similar circumstances navigate through a world where the driver responsible for injuries typically does everything possible to avoid liability.
However, you deserve to hold the responsible parties accountable, and the South Florida car accident attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez can help you. We have over two decades of experience assisting car accident victims and we can examine the circumstances of your car accident and help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.