Car V. Moped Accident On Scotland Road Results In Injuries, Transport To Hospital

Accident occurred Friday just before 4 p.m.


An accident between a car and a moped Friday afternoon resulted in injuries to the rider of the moped, who had to be transported to the hospital, according to police and ambulance officials.

The accident was reported around 3:52 p.m. near the intersection of Scotland Road and Forest Road, ambulance officials said. They said the man who was injured was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Madison Police Officer Joseph Race said the injuries appeared to be minor at the time of the accident and that the accident remains under investigation as of Monday morning.

eileen banisch September 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Another example of why the "Share the Road" campaign is needed.
Die Hard September 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Depends On who was at fault
Mike September 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Why isn't there a law in ct that should wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle or a moped, but we should be aware of bicyclist that sometimes think they owned the road....
Christopher Jennings Penders September 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
There is a helmet law. Just because there's a law it doesn't mean everyone will follow it. How do we know the rider WASN'T wearing a helmet?
Mike September 17, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I've been in ct for 8 yrs, and for every 10 motorcycles I see 2 maybe have a helmet in, so if there is a helmet and you don't wear it on a bike going 45-50 miles an hr or faster and you get head injuries then to bad for you, you should've been wearing a helmet....p.s. I don't think there's a helmet law in ct cause no one wears one that I've seen
The Best Patriot September 17, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Read some history about the State and you will find out why.
Christopher Jennings Penders September 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Here's the link to CT State's Helmet Law: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/rpt/2010-R-0465.htm
Christopher Jennings Penders September 17, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Looks like it is required for anyone under 18; so I SUPPOSE we are BOTH partially right, Mike and 20 Row.
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
20RK, what's the history on that, do you know? It makes me crazy when adults don't wear helmets and even more crazy when adults let their kids ride without helmets. And yes, we don't know much more about the accident other than it happened. Don't know about helmets or anything about the investigation at this point, since it is still ongoing.
The Best Patriot September 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Here you go Pem. Connecticut is a pretty rowdy state when it comes to individual rights and the freedom to chose and not have the government get in your face. This article not the best written gives just some of the history. In a nutshell there was a helmet law and the motorcyclist all over the State banded together to get it overturned. They blocked the tolls on I-95 and thousands drove to the Capital in Hartford and threw thousands of helmets on the Capital lawn in protest. The Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association (CMRA) and the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) has a very strong influence in protecting the individual rights of motorcyclists. If I find something better, I will forward to you. http://www.hotbikeweb.com/events/1208_hbkp_government_extortion_and_helmet_laws/viewall.html Hope this helps.
The Best Patriot September 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Pem, http://www.thecmra.com/about.php This is a link to the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association. Their motto "Let those who ride decide" It's a very well run professional organization.
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Interesting. Now that you say that, I do remember hearing about that. Thanks very much. I'll check out the articles.
Audrey Horn September 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM
What exactly is a moped anyway? The ped part sounds like it needs pedals.
Lou Lange September 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I believe moped was short for "motorized pedal" vehicle. I used to own a moped and the model I had required some pedalling to get the vehicle rolling before it could be started.
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thanks Lou!
Audrey Horn September 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thanks too Lou. Just couldn't figure out those with a platform and no pedals. Now I know they are actually motorcycles from your information.
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Yeah, most that I see are really MoBikes, not MoPeds. They are like mini-motorcycles. Most people get them because they don't want to pedal.
Alicia Marie September 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I would just like you all to know that even though the moped driver was not wearing a helmet (he is over 18 years old - stupid, yes, but still within the law), the driver of the automobile was completely at fault and admitted to it. His injuries were not exactly minor either. The woman driving the car was somehow completely unaware of the mopeds presence and went to turn the corner without so much as a glance in each direction. The moped driver was struck and had his left leg wedged between her vehicle resulting in a dislocated hip (which takes A LOT of force to even happen) among many other moderate cuts, scrapes and a plethora of bruises. He won't be able to walk for another week at least and has been bedridden since the accident. The doctor said he was actually very lucky with his injuries since he was hit by an SUV. The "Share The Road" campaign is absolutely needed. This accident could have easily been avoided if the woman took 2 seconds to look up and be aware of her surroundings before taking the turn.
Christopher Jennings Penders September 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Hi Alicia: Thanks for the update. I still find it difficult to comprehend when I see bikers of ANY kind riding without a helmet. Regardless of whether it's a law or not, it's a matter of safety. -- Chris
Alicia Marie September 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Oh believe me, he's going to wear a helmet from now on! If he even gets on a moped ever again. I, for one, am now against all moped riding in the future haha. This incident was too close of a call!
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
OK, let me try that again ... Thank you for letting us know Alicia. Much appreciated. Glad it wasn't worse, hope he's doing better and glad to hear about the helmet.
Jimmy (JJ) Johnston September 30, 2012 at 08:09 PM
You didn't mention if he had the required drivers license to be operating the moped legally or what exactly he was riding which could have been technically a motorcycle under different laws.


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