A moped rider sustained head injuries in a San Diego car accident the morning of May 12, 2010 in the Otay Mesa area. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the injury collision occurred on Otay Center Drive near Siempre Viva Road as a car hit the moped. The rider was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. His current condition is not known. An investigation is ongoing.
I hope that this moped rider did not suffer any life-threatening injuries as a result of this crash. I wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep this injured victim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 81 fatalities and 6,123 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego, California. Countywide, 246 people died and 13,527 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.
What are Mopeds?
According to California Vehicle Code section 406 (a): “A “motorized bicycle” or “moped” is any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power, or having no pedals if powered solely by electrical energy, and an automatic transmission and a motor which produces less than 2 gross brake horsepower and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on level ground.”
Causes and Liability Issues
In this particular case, it is not entirely clear how or why this accident occurred. There are more questions than answers at this point. Where exactly was the victim riding at the time of the collision? Who had right-of-way at the time? Was the driver of the vehicle intoxicated, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this accident? Hopefully, the results of this investigation will shed some light on what occurred here.
If it is determined that the driver of the car was at fault, the moped rider could seek compensation for medical expenses, hospitalization, surgeries or rehabilitation costs. A skilled San Diego personal injury lawyer can also help injured victims in such cases determine whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway, which caused the accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code section 911.2, any claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.
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