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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.

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Charges have been filed in a crash that took the life of a moped rider in Asheville last month. Graham Shepley was riding his moped on Patton Avenue at Mimosa Drive when he was struck by Dimitry Stynka. The crash, which happened on March 21st, occurred when Stynka was making a left turn. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, Stynka told police that he didn’t see the moped when he initially made the turn. Sadly, Shepley was pronounced dead at the scene. Stynka was charged with two misdemeanors, death by vehicle and failure to yield to a left turn.

Share the Road

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Share the Road” campaign is aimed at raising awareness for safely sharing the road with motorcycle riders. Moped and scooter riders face many of the same dangers as motorcycle riders. They’re on smaller vehicles. They don’t have the added benefit of being protected by a steel cage. They don’t have airbags or seat belts. Even when moped and scooter riders wear the appropriate safety gear, they can still get injured or killed. Some people may mistakenly think that mopeds and scooters are safer than motorcycles, because they are much slower. Unfortunately, with distracted and impaired drivers on the road, nobody is safe.