Police have launched an investigation after a 47-year-old man was hit by a car and killed while he drove a moped. The accident occurred on Mt. Torrey Road near the Shenandoah Valley Animal Shelter. Even with a witness to the accident, the car fled the scene too fast to be identified.
The Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers’ Perspective
This is a very unfortunate accident and our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the man killed. This accident illustrates the dangers of driving a moped on public roads. A leading cause for these accidents is misconception. If the highway or roadway speed limit is 35 MPH or less mopeds have the same rights and are allowed to drive just as a car would. This means on highways of 35 MPH or greater a moped operator must adhere to the laws of operating a motorcycle. The size of a moped plays another significant role; they are very small and may be overlooked easily by drivers. As a moped operator, do everything you can to make yourself visible, whether it's wearing bright clothing or a reflective vest. In this accident the family of the man should contact a knowledgeable Virginia (VA) wrongful death attorney to find out what legal options they may have.
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