A female moped rider was taken to a hospital in with serious injuries after being hit by a car being driven by a man later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The accident occurred on Whiskey Road near the intersection of Broadman Road in Aiken, South Carolina (SC), on August 22, 2012.
Witnesses told police that the man driving the car crossed the center line before colliding head-on with the moped, then drove away. Authorities, acting on a tip, tracked the at-fault driver to a nearby hotel and arrested him there. Tests showed that the man's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit of .08.
The Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers' Perspective
As Carolina personal injury attorneys, we know all too well that motorcycle and moped riders almost always sustain severe injuries when hit by cars and trucks. Even when motorcyclists follow every traffic law and wear helmets, jackets, long pants and other required or recommended safety gear, riders have little protection from larger vehicles driven by negligent, irresponsible and inattentive drivers.
It is difficult to imagine a driver being more negligent, irresponsible and inattentive than getting behind the wheel while drunk, being unable to stay in his lane, and fleeing the scene of an accident he caused. If the man now charged with DUI and causing the crash in Aiken is found responsible for inflicting the moped rider's injuries, we hope the victim is able to hold him accountable.
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