Like any type of accident,
motorcycle accidents can happen due to a variety of circumstances such as weather, road conditions,
negligence and more.
Unlike other accidents, motorcycle accidents have a greater chance of resulting
in serious injury or death simply because riders and passengers are less
protected than those in cars and trucks. Sadly, a 63-year-old Kahului
man recently died after he lost control of his bike and crashed into a
guardrail. It is the fourth traffic fatality on Maui this year.
According to the Star Advertiser, Clifford Spencer of Kahului died from
injuries after he lost control of his 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle
and crashed into a guardrail on the Piilani Highway in Kihei near Kaiwahine
Street. Unfortunately, he was not wearing a helmet, although that is not
required under Hawaiian law. Police are still investigating whether speed,
alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
Spencer's death is a reminder that motorcycle accidents frequently
result in serious injury or death. Studies show that there are more bikers
(motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and bicycles) on the road than ever before.
One of the primary reasons this is true in Hawaii is likely due to gas
prices. According to a recent
USA Today article, Hawaii has the highest gas prices in the nation, currently around $4.17
per gallon. That makes motorcycles and mopeds a less expensive mode of
More bikers on the road means more accidents. According to a Governors
Highway Safety Association (GHSA) study, motorcycle accidents that resulted
in fatalities increased 27 percent in Hawaii from 2011 to 2012 - nearly
triple that of the national average of nine percent.
But, why do motorcycle accidents happen in the first place? The most common
reason, according to
Rider Groups, a social networking and motorcycle review site for motorcycle enthusiasts,
is that cars and trucks simply don't see motorcycles. The most common
situation in which a motorcycle and a car collide is when the car is making
a left hand turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle. This type of accident
is the most dangerous for the motorcyclist because it results in a head-on,
or near head-on, collision with the automobile.
How a Hawaii Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, it's important
to contact an experienced Hawaii motorcycle accident lawyer who can analyze
your situation and review the facts and circumstances of the accident
to discuss your legal options.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries such as traumatic
brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, permanent disability and
costly medical bills. If your injuries were caused by someone else's
negligence, you may be entitled to motorcycle accident compensation in
the form of lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, permanent
disability, mental impairment, earning capacity impairment, loss of profits,
medical bills and more.
Keep in mind that Hawaii's statute of limitations (the time in which
you must file a lawsuit) for motorcycle accidents is only two years, so
acting sooner rather than later is always in your best interests.