Florida car-moped accident claims two lives

Two people were killed and another seriously injured following a collision between a moped and a passenger vehicle in a Florida city on Oct. 6. A second car also was involved following the collision that occurred in Tampa about 11:30 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 2010 Hyundai Accent, driven by a 23-year-old woman on a suspended driver’s license, struck the rear end of a moped carrying three people in a northbound lane of Dale Mabry Highway. The moped was driven by a 19-year-old man and carried two passengers. All three were ejected from the moped. The female passenger landed in another lane where she was run over by a Kia Optima; she was pronounced dead at the scene. The moped driver and second passenger were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where the passenger was pronounced dead. The driver remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

The Hyundai driver left the scene of the accident. Police later tracked her down and took her back to the accident scene where she said she had not seen the moped. Police said she has a record of traffic violations, including for careless driving and speeding and caused two crashes in the last year. Her driver’s license had been suspended Sept. 24 because she did not have liability insurance on her vehicle.

Car accident victims may be eligible for compensation for their injuries if someone else caused the accident. The liability auto insurance company is the usual source for compensation. Since this driver did not have such insurance, compensation could be an issue. A personal injury attorney may be able to find other sources of compensation for any personal injury and wrongful death claims related to this accident, and then handle the victims’ claims.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Two die when car strikes moped in Tampa, troopers say“, Dan Sullivan, October 07, 2013