A rear-end collision between a pickup truck and a moped on Hicks Road in Georgetown County, South Carolina (SC), proved fatal for the motor scooter rider. The deadly crash occurred near the community of Coward on the night of February 21, 2015. While details on the accident were scant, law enforcement officials told reporters that the driver in the truck hit the rear of the moped and that the rider passed away from his injuries at the scene of the crash.
South Carolina law caps the speed of mopeds at 30 mph while also permitting riders to use local roads and state highways. This means the slower, smaller two-wheelers will often be sharing surface streets with cars and trucks that can reach posted speed limits of 45 mph or 55 mph. That creates dangerous situations. However, responsible moped riders and respectful, attentive drivers can almost always avoid collisions. Mopeds should stay as far to the right as possible. Drivers should keep a constant look out for mopeds (and motorcycles and bicycles), pass with plenty of space and slow down when necessary. Above all, no one operating a car or truck should ever tailgate a moped.
My Carolina personal injury and wrongful death attorney colleagues and I have helped several victims of moped accidents. We know from too much experience that when a large vehicle does hit a moped, the rider can incur critical injuries. Severe head trauma and death occurs often, even when a rider wears a helmet and other protective gear. The best way to prevent such tragedies is to take every precaution to not crash into a moped. As the affordable and convenient two-wheelers become more popular as economic means for commuting and running errands, drivers will only have more obligations to protect moped riders. We hope they meet those responsibilities.