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South Carolina Moped Crash Takes Teen's Life

When a pickup truck struck a moped that was speeding across U.S. 29 in Piedmont, South Carolina (SC), on November 25, 2011, the 13-year-old passenger died almost instantly and the motorbike's driver suffered severe injuries. State police speaking with the Independent Mail noted that neither of the young people on the moped were wearing helmets.

The fatal moped accident occurred in Piedmont, SC.

The initial investigation into the fatal moped accident also indicated that the riders failed to stop fully before entering the highway. No charges were initially filed.

The wreck illustrates two essential facts about riding mopeds and scooters safely. The first is that riders must obey all traffic laws to avoid collisions. The second is that anyone riding a motorbike must wear a helmet.

No piece of safety equipment is more important than a helmet for a biker. While no helmet can prevent every injury, study after study has shown that motorcyclists, bicyclists and moped riders who were wearing helmets at the time of an accident suffered fewer traumatic brain injuries and deaths.

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