Motorcycle Accident in Hawaii Serving Honolulu, HI
Given our tropical climate, motorcycles and mopeds are commonly seen in Honolulu and the islands of Hawaii. Unfortunately, many car and truck drivers don’t know how to safely share the road with them. This is why motorcycle and moped crashes are common in our state as well.
If a careless driver hurts you in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced lawyers of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner before you talk with an insurance company. The insurance company wants to protect its profits. We want to protect you.
We can provide a free consultation. We’ll look at the facts of your case. We’ll review the insurance policies involved. And we’ll sort through all of your options. We can then get to work immediately on preserving evidence, interviewing witnesses and developing your claim for compensation.
With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we know the unique issues that can arise in motorcycle and moped crashes. Allow us to work through those issues and deal with the insurance companies while you focus on getting better after your crash.
Who’s to Blame for Motorcycle Accidents in Hawaii
One of the unique issues in motorcycle accident cases is that insurance companies tend to point the blame on the motorcyclist. We won’t let that happen. We will thoroughly investigate your case to determine how it happened and who should be held responsible.
A recurring problem that the attorneys of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner have observed is that car and truck drivers simply fail to follow basic “share the road” safety rules such as:
- Do not attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle, sometimes known as “lane splitting.” Instead, they should give the motorcyclist the full width of the lane.
- Look for motorcycles before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. They should always check mirrors and blind spots for switching lanes or turning.
- Allow more following distance when following a motorcycle. In dry conditions and because of their size, motorcycles stop much more quickly than cars. So, other motorists should leave a good three-or four-second distance.
As a motorcycle or moped rider, you have the same rights to use Hawaii’s roads as any other driver. Our role at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner is to ensure those rights are fully protected.
We have also seen motorcyclists injured due to poorly constructed or maintained roads. Potholes and cracks in roadways, pavement seams, crumbling asphalt, pooling water or other design or maintenance issues can cause motorcycles and mopeds to easily wreck.
In those cases, the local or state government, or companies responsible for road design, construction or maintenance might be liable for a motorcyclist’s or moped rider’s injuries.
Working Through Your Motorcycle Accident Insurance Issues
As we investigate the nature of your crash, the lawyers of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner will also examine the insurance issues in your case.
As a motorcycle or motor scooter owner, you are not required by law in Hawaii to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. However, an insurance company must offer this option to you.
If you have purchased this coverage, you may be able to file a claim for medical benefits up to the $10,000 limit of your coverage. We can assist with making this claim and take on the insurance company if they balk at living up to their obligations. Keep in mind: These claims do not require showing the fault of anyone.
If you have not purchased this coverage, then your option will be to seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage. This does require a showing of fault. You will also need to bring a claim against the other driver in order to recover money for repair or replacement of your motorcycle or motor scooter.
The at-fault driver’s insurer may try to coerce you into settling for an amount that does not serve your best interests. That is why it is important to have an attorney deal with the insurer. If the case can’t be resolved through a full and fair settlement, it may be necessary to go to court.
In cases in which the at-fault driver lacks insurance or does not have enough coverage to pay for your losses, we can seek other options such as filing a claim under an uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) policy if you have purchased this plan.
The bottom line: If you have been injured through no fault of your own in a motorcycle accident in Hawaii, you should not be left on the hook for your losses.
Our Lawyers Are Ready to Help with Your Motorcycle / Moped Accident Claim
Since 1971, the attorneys of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner have helped accident victims throughout Hawaii to recover compensation for their injuries and other losses. We know motorcycle and moped cases can be complex. But we have the resources to take on even the most difficult cases and prosecute them all the way through to a jury trial if needed.
To schedule a free and confidential review of your case, call our Honolulu office or contact us online today.