In the English language, the word accident has two meanings. While it oftentimes refers to an unfortunate incident that results in injury or even death, the other definition suggests that the incident happened suddenly but not deliberately. It’s this second definition that makes some motor vehicle accidents particularly sad because you know that the injuries suffered by the victim were not the result of a twist of fate.

The reason we’re bringing this up to our Los Angeles readers is actually because of an out-of-state case that highlights the reality of these two definitions. The case also shows people in California that even if an accident turns out to have been deliberate, a victim may still seek compensation from the at-fault party.

The case we are referring to is one out of Florida where a vehicle struck a man on a moped while he drove down the highway. When the other driver fled the scene, police assumed it had been a hit-and-run accident. It wasn’t until after talking to the owner of the moped that police learned he had refused to sell it to another man who was angry about this decision. After learning this piece of information, police quickly realized this wasn’t an accident at all. This was deliberate.

Even though the moped owner did suffer injuries in the crash, reports indicate that he did survive. He’s lucky in this sense, especially when one considers how little protection mopeds offer their riders. More good news was the fact that police did arrest a man in connection with the accident and could upgrade the charges against him to attempted murder. Depending on the victim’s desire to seek compensation, on top of criminal litigation, the at-fault driver could face civil litigation later on for his reckless decision.

Though a case like this may seem isolated, incidences of road rage are common in states across the nation, including here in California. But just because a crash wasn’t an accident, doesn’t mean a victim can’t seek compensation. In fact, knowing that a crash was intentional could bolster a victim’s personal injury claim because it shows negligence on the other driver’s behalf, which should lead to redress for the victim.

Source: WYFF News, “ACSO: Suspect hit, tried to kill man who wouldn’t sell him moped,” Alex Ramsey, April 29, 2015