On Friday, a moped rider was injured in a crash involving a truck in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around noon at the intersection of Swannanoa River Road and Fairview Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that the moped rider was rushed to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. Witnesses on the scene rushed to the side of the moped rider, who was ejected from his vehicle. There has been no word on the cause of the crash, which is likely still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities. The moped rider was listed in critical condition.
Moped Safety in Asheville
Moped riders, like motorcycle riders and cyclists, are at an increased risk for sustaining severe, catastrophic and even fatal injuries when involved in collisions with larger motor vehicles. Even with safety gear like helmets, vests, jackets, boots and gloves, moped riders can still become seriously injured. Although the moped rider in Asheville was wearing a helmet, it reportedly flew off in the crash. DMV.Org has three important tips to help scooter and moped riders to improve their personal safety.
Scooter and Moped Safety Tips
- Wear a helmet
- Make sure you’re visible
- Follow the rules of the road
Sharing The Road With Mopeds and Scooters
Ultimately, it’s up to drivers to safely share the road with mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. The NHTSA wants to remind drivers to put down the phone. Distracted driving puts lives at risk. It’s especially dangerous and deadly for vulnerable roadway user groups like moped riders. They simply don’t have the same protections that a traditional passenger occupant has in the event of a crash.
When to Contact an Asheville Personal Injury Lawyer
After any kind of scooter or moped crash, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your options. It may take additional investigative efforts to determine the cause of the crash, especially if you suspect distracted driving was involved. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a scooter or moped accident in or around the Asheville area, contact Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.