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Moped rider killed in double hit and run in Greenville County

Road accidents can be lethal to victims who are not riding in a car or truck and who have virtually no protection against these vehicles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, for example, reported 4,612 motorcycle fatalities and 81,000 injuries in 2011. Another 4,432 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 were injured in that year in a pedestrian accident, according to the NHTSA.

However, a moped provides even less protection against being hit by a car because it is smaller and quieter than a motorcycle and usually goes no faster than 25 mph, depending on the particular model. Other drivers are less aware of mopeds because of these characteristics. Accordingly, the NHTSA found that yearly moped fatalities doubled between 2005 and 2009 from 48 to 96. Nonetheless, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards do not govern most electric mopeds and most states do not require a driver's license or moped operators to wear helmets.

A tragic illustration of these dangers occurred in Greenville County, South Carolina, recently when a 45-year-old Greenville moped rider was killed in a hit-and-run accident. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the victim was traveling on his moped on Sulphur Springs Road near Pine Grove Lane during a recent Saturday evening. Another vehicle struck the moped from behind. The collision impact threw the rider from the moped and onto the road. Then, another vehicle struck the rider as he was lying on the ground. Both vehicles left the accident without stopping.

The moped rider was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The Coroner's Office has performed an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the victim's death. The Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation.

As this accident shows, mopeds and similar open wheel vehicles don't provide the same level of protection against a reckless or negligent driver as a car or truck,. Still, a moped rider, motorcyclist or pedestrian injured in a car accident and facing the consequences, such as mounting medical bills or lost wages, may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. With a thorough review of the circumstances of each case, those suffering can get help charting a course towards financial recovery.

Source: Greenville News, "Moped rider dies at scene after hit and run," Oct. 21, 2013

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