While moped riders have the same rights to the road as drivers of other vehicles, they may face hazards that are unique to their choice of vehicle, such as an inherent reduction in visibility. Drivers who fail to spot a moped could create a dangerous scenario, and car accidents involving similar vehicles can have catastrophic results. A recent accident in Louisiana has reportedly claimed the life of a 56-year-old moped rider.
According to the Louisiana State Police, the accident took place at around 10 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. For reasons unknown, the driver of a westbound vehicle suddenly struck a moped from behind, causing the rider to be ejected off the moped and into a nearby ditch. Although the rider was reportedly wearing a helmet at the time, he or she suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although an investigation into the crash has been initiated, it remains unclear what might have caused the driver to crash into the rear of the moped. Law enforcement agents have advised that toxicology samples were taken for testing purposes, despite the fact that impairment is not suspected. They also advised all drivers to use caution and remain alert at all times while out on the road, as taking the necessary precautions could help prevent a potential disaster.
Car accidents involving vehicles such as motorcycles and mopeds run a higher chance of having serious, if not fatal consequences. If another party is at fault in the accident, the surviving family members of the victim could choose to retain the services of an attorney for guidance on their available legal avenues. An attorney can assist a client in Louisiana in pursuing the full amount of restitution deserved through a wrongful death claim.