Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Honolulu
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Hawaii?
Seeing Hawaii by motorcycle certainly has great appeal for many people.
Hawaii's tropical climate allows motorcyclists to ride year round.
Because of the popularity of motorcycle riding, Hawaii has a high number
of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents. Many of these involve tourists
who have rented motorcycles to tour the islands.
Motorcycle accidents occur in many ways and can be caused by contributing
factors such as:
- Heavy traffic in cities
- Road conditions
- Alcohol use
The most common underlying reason is that other motorists simply fail to
see that a motorcyclist or moped rider is sharing the road. Motorcycles
present a smaller profile and car drivers who are daydreaming, sightseeing,
or generally distracted often tell police they simply didn't see the
approaching motorcycle and pulled out in front of them.
Hawaii continues to have a serious problem related to high numbers of motorcycle
accidents with severe,
catastrophic, or fatal injuries. The ten-year fatality rate for Hawaii stands at 1,264
deaths. Although motorcycle accidents increased across the United States,
a Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) study indicated that
Hawaii has a far more serious situation.
Injured? Call (808) 518-2120 to request an initial complimentary consultation.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver,
the action taken at the time of the collision can make a significant difference
in the outcome of your claim.
Here are some basic guidelines to follow:
- Call 911 for emergency services - police and ambulance
- Check your passenger for injuries
- Take photos of the scene, vehicles involved, and skid marks
- Share insurance information with the other driver
- Do not make admissions, statements, or sign anything
- Do not make any comment about whether you have sustained an injury, as
some injuries are not apparent
- Visit your doctor for a prompt medical examination if you did not require
emergency medical care because a doctor's report documents your condition
- Take names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses
- Call a Hawaii personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights
Motorcycle Accidents & Distracted Drivers
The driver of a passenger vehicle or truck who pulls into another lane,
up to a light or stop sign, or turns onto another street or highway may
not notice a motorcyclist is present. The outcome of the collision often
involves the motorcyclist being ejected and thrown onto the roadway and
subject to a secondary impact from other vehicles.
Motorcycles offer limited protection in the event of a crash. State law
does not require those over 18 years of age to wear a helmet and head
injuries are far too common. A motorcycle helmet is the best protection
you can have when riding a motorcycle to avoid a serious or fatal head
injury. Crash statistics show that a higher number of motorcyclists killed
in collisions in Hawaii are not wearing helmets.
Motorcyclist Deaths in Traffic Accidents in Hawaii
A motorcycle rider who survives such a collision often has to deal with
a lifetime of challenges and may have permanent disabilities. These crashes
may lead to a
traumatic brain injury or
spinal cord injury, or both. Broken bones including broken pelvises can require many months
to heal and the victim is left unable to function.
Other common problems include:
- Internal organ damage
- Extensive abrasions
Need Help? Contact Leavitt Yamane & Soldner Today.
Any motorcyclist who has been hit by another driver and sustained injury
should talk to our caring Honolulu personal injury lawyers at Leavitt
Yamane & Soldner. You deserve to be fully compensated for injuries
caused by another motorist. Families who have lost a loved one can seek
compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. These are tragic situations
and are extremely difficult for everyone. We have represented many injured
people during our years in practice and we are each personally committed
to assisting our clients to pursue justice and full compensation.
Contact our Hawaii motorcycle accident lawyers for assistance without delay.