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Moped Rider Killed after a Collision with a Big Rig in Oakland

Big Rig Accident, Oakland, CA

Moped Rider is Dead after Colliding with a Big Rig on Interstate 80, at the Transition Ramp to Interstate 880, near the Bay Bridge

Oakland, CA -In a tragic twist of fate on the I-80 freeway in Oakland, a morning commute turned fatal for a moped rider involved in a collision with a big rig near the Bay Bridge, highlighting the grim realities of road safety and vehicle interactions.

The Incident

On the morning of April 30, 2024, at approximately 7:30 AM, a catastrophic collision on eastbound Interstate 80 at the transition ramp to southbound Interstate 880 near the Bay Bridge in Oakland claimed the life of a moped rider. The victim, an adult male, was navigating his moped when he tragically collided with a large big rig truck, resulting in immediate fatal injuries.

The impact of the collision was severe enough to eject the rider from his moped onto the roadway. Despite wearing a helmet, the magnitude of the crash led to fatal consequences, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The collision did not involve any other vehicles, and thankfully, no further injuries were reported among other commuters or the big rig driver.

Traffic on I-80 was significantly affected, with two right lanes closed for several hours as the California Highway Patrol (CHP) conducted their preliminary investigations. This incident not only caused a significant traffic delay but also brought forth the harsh reality of the dangers faced by moped and motorcycle riders on busy highways.

Legal Implications 

The fatal accident on I-80 involving a moped rider and a big rig truck underscores the critical legal implications surrounding vehicular accidents, especially those involving larger commercial vehicles and more vulnerable road users like moped and motorcycle riders. In cases like these, determining liability often hinges on factors such as adherence to traffic laws, vehicle maintenance, and the actions of each driver leading up to the collision.

Statistically, moped and motorcycle riders are at a higher risk of fatal accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic crash than occupants of passenger vehicles per vehicle mile traveled. This statistic highlights the disproportionate risks faced by riders, accentuating the need for stringent safety measures and adherence to traffic regulations by all parties.

The ongoing investigation by the CHP will delve into these aspects, potentially influencing future traffic safety protocols and legislation aimed at reducing such devastating accidents. Legal outcomes from such cases also often lead to increased advocacy for protective laws and better safety practices to safeguard moped and motorcycle riders on busy roads.

The heartbreaking incident on Interstate 80 serves as a stark reminder of the risks faced by moped and motorcycle riders daily, particularly when sharing the road with much larger vehicles. It emphasizes the necessity of legal representation to navigate the aftermath of such tragic events effectively. At Scranton Law Firm, we are committed to advocating for the safety and rights of all road users, ensuring that justice is served and compensation is secured for those affected.

With over 50 years of experience in personal injury law and more than $1 billion recovered for our clients, Scranton Law Firm possesses the expertise and empathy required to handle complex traffic collision cases. Our team is adept at tackling the intricacies of accident investigations and liability assessments, ensuring that our clients receive the full support they need during such challenging times.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a traffic accident, particularly involving a moped or motorcycle, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Scranton Law Firm today to receive a comprehensive evaluation of your case and learn how our dedicated motorcycle accident lawyers can help you navigate the legal process and achieve the compensation you rightfully deserve.


  1. What should I do immediately after a moped accident? Immediately after a moped accident, ensure your safety and seek medical attention, even if injuries are not apparent. Contact law enforcement to file a report, and document the scene with photos and witness statements if possible.

  2. Can I claim compensation if I am involved in a crash with a big rig? Yes, if you are involved in a crash with a big rig, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, injuries, and other losses. It is important to consult with a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options.

  3. What are the most common causes of accidents involving mopeds and big rigs? Common causes include visibility issues, failure to yield the right of way, speeding, and distracted or impaired driving. Both moped riders and big rig drivers must adhere to road safety rules to prevent such accidents.

  4. How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit after a moped accident? The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit varies by state, but generally, you have one to three years from the date of the accident. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible is crucial to preserve your rights.

  5. What role does helmet use play in legal claims involving moped accidents? Helmet use can significantly impact legal claims, as it may influence the assessment of fault and damages. Wearing a helmet demonstrates a commitment to safety, which can be favorable in personal injury claims.


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