Over the course of the last decade, mopeds have gained in popularity. Between wanting to save the environment and wanting to cut costs in a difficult economy, more and more people are turning to this transportation alternative. Unfortunately, drivers of more traditional vehicles who fail to follow traffic laws are causing serious injury or even death to drivers of mopeds. One man is now facing several charges related to the death of a second man in a fatal accident in Connecticut.
The accident occurred in late October. Police claim a 25-year-old man was driving a large pickup truck pulling a trailer. The driver allegedly stopped at the stop sign of an intersection, but failed to yield the right of way to a 79-year-old moped driver already in the intersection. Unfortunately, the truck and moped collided.
The moped driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment, but, unfortunately, died from his injuries several days later. The driver of the pickup truck currently faces several charges including a stop sign violation and driving without a license. However, the accident remains under investigation, and authorities are working to amend the charges.
If the reports of the accident are accurate, the moped driver was a victim of a fatal accident that was not his fault, and he likely could not have prevented. If the man’s family can prove these claims in a Connecticut civil court, which has a lower burden of proof than a criminal court, they could receive compensation for financial burdens created by the accident and the man’s subsequent death. This compensation can cover medical bills, loss of income and funeral expenses among others.
Source: The Hartford Guardian, 76-year-old South End Car Accident Victim Dies, No author, Oct. 24, 2013