Moped, Scooter Accidents Plaguing Missouri
2015 is becoming a hazardous year for people using mopeds and scooters in Missouri.
This January, a 54-year-old woman died in a scooter accident in Springfield, Mo, according to KY3 News, a local TV station.
KY3 reported that she was riding as a passenger on the scooter when a pick-up truck struck the rear of the scooter. The station quoted family members as saying that she suffered severe head injuries as a result and hadn’t been wearing a helmet.
“The scooter's driver, Jeffrey Anderson, was arrested for DWI,” KY3 noted.
A similar accident occurred this month, when a woman from Holts Summit, Mo, was injured after an SUV hit the back of her moped, ConnectMidMissouri.com reported. The news website added that she was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition.
In 2011, The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery published a study about the outcomes of moped and scooter crashes in a high-traffic state — Florida.
The authors of the study concluded that moped and scooter drivers were more likely to be severely injured when driving on a divided highway or in poor lighting conditions.
“[The study] results suggest that most of the traffic infrastructure does not accommodate the safety of moped and scooter drivers,” the authors wrote.
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