Fort Myers, FL (September 14, 2018) - A man riding a moped died in a crash that occurred in Fort Myers on Wednesday, September 14th. According to Fort Myers Police, the crash took place on the Edison Bridge around 6:47 am.
Officials report that a 34 year old man, identified as Jimmy Ray Thorp, was traveling in the southbound lanes of the Edison Bridge when his moped collided with another vehicle. Thorp suffered critical injuries and was rushed by EMS Lee Memorial Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Officials have not identified the vehicle driver nor have they said how the crash occurred. The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Myers Police Department and no additional details are available at this time.
Accidents involving mopeds are common on Florida streets and highways. A moped, although technically considered a motorcycle under Florida law, do not travel at the same speeds as other motorized vehicles. They also offer little protection in the event of a crash. Other drivers may drive recklessly in an effort to maneuver around mopeds, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Moped drivers should always be aware of their surroundings, especially on busy roadways. Driving defensively may help to avoid a catastrophic accident.
In this crash, there are not enough details to determine how the incident occurred. Upon additional investigation, the moped rider's family may consider a wrongful death claim against the vehicle driver if negligence led to the crash.
At Rubenstein Law, our Florida motorcycle and moped accident attorneys have the skills and experience needed to help you navigate the complexities of a claim following an injury accident. To speak with one of our attorneys for free, give us a call at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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