Sharing the busy Florida highways with trucks will always be dangerous, especially for those whose mode of transport has only two wheels. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and moped riders are particularly vulnerable because they have little protection. Although wearing a helmet provides some safeguards against severe personal injury, there’s no guarantee of efficiency.
This was underscored by a recent accident that caused the closure of affected roadways in Tampa. In a preliminary crash report, deputies say the incident involved a flatbed truck and a moped. Reportedly, the driver of the truck was eastbound and made a left turn without yielding to a moped rider who was heading west.
Deputies say the moped was traveling in the bike lane, and the rider was wearing a helmet. Sadly, the impact of being knocked down by the truck caused fatal injuries, and the rider succumbed to the injuries at the crash scene. Reportedly, the truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officials. In many similar cases, the immediate family members of the deceased victim have questions about their legal rights to damage recovery.
If another party caused personal injury or death, the victim’s immediate surviving family could pursue a claim for financial relief through the Florida civil justice system. However, proving negligence can be challenging. For this reason, most crash victims and surviving family members seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney.
A lawyer can launch an independent investigation to obtain the necessary evidence to establish negligence and present it to the court in pursuit of economic and non-economic damages.