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Moped Accident Ends in Tragic Death of Indiana Driver

Jason Reese

Mopeds also known as scooters, Vespas, Sprees, or motor scooters are often seen traveling on Indiana roadways when the warm weather begins to arrive. Mopeds are single-passenger; two wheeled motorized vehicles with automatic transmissions and average speeds that range from 30mph for smaller models to 60mph for larger models. In 2017, you may find a moped design that has evolved into a two-passenger version. These can often be referred to as a scooter or mini-motorcycle.

Indiana State Police said a single-passenger moped driver, identified as 49-year-old Joseph Allen of Huntingburg, was riding south on U.S. 231 when he was rear-ended by a minivan. The collision threw Allen on top of the van and then again up and over the vehicle and onto the road. He was then flown via helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville but died soon after. The crash is currently under investigation and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Allen.

Even when a moped or scooter driver is wearing a helmet, accidents between them and other motor vehicles often involve major head or body injuries and share some of the same risk factors for fatal crashes as do motorcycles and cars. Most of these crashes will have involved a collision at an intersection, rider inexperience, excessive speed, or alcohol. Moped and scooter operators should learn techniques for staying safe on the road just as if they were preparing to drive any other motor vehicle. Being a cautious and controlled moped driver can make an enormous impact on the safety of all drivers, not just a moped operator, resulting in many dangerous situations to be avoided. Likewise, other motorists should watch out for moped drivers just as they do, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Indiana Moped Drivers

Some states and local communities are finding the need to create separate laws for these types of vehicles. Motorists and officials say the laws are needed to create interventions for moped drivers such as requiring certain speed limits, limiting access to major roadways, and improving traffic infrastructure to help improve the safety of all drivers sharing the road.

In 2015, an Indiana state law was created to require owners of low-speed mopeds and scooters to register their vehicles with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Drivers of moped or scooters with engines smaller than 50 cubic centimeters must have a registration, a license plate and an identification card, and they must pass a test identifying street signs but can still drive without a license or insurance. Legislators pushed the moped and scooter legislation following complaints from police and others about a growing number of unsafe scooter drivers operating on side streets, sidewalks and highways. Officials say mopeds and scooters can also stir up a strong case of road rage for other motor vehicle drivers, because of the poor driving associated with the two wheeled vehicles or the fact most machines are traveling much slower than the speed limit and can’t reach 35 miles per hour.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of a moped accident or have been involved in a scooter accident resulting in the death of a loved one, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and to cover a loss of wages while injured. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440for more information or to schedule a free consultation.


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