Honolulu, HI – Bicyclist Fatally Struck by Driver on Nimitz Hwy
July 28, 2022
Honolulu, HI (July 27, 2022) – Honolulu Police were dispatched to the scene when a bicyclist was fatally struck by a vehicle on Nimitz Highway on Tuesday, July 26th.
The incident took place at about 5:50 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Nimitz Highway in the area of Sumner Street, near Zippy’s in Honolulu.
The cyclist, identified only as a 66-year-old male, was riding westbound in a designated bicycle lane. As he crossed the private driveway of Pier 19, he was hit by a 39-year-old man driving a large pick-up truck as he exited the driveway.
The victim sustained numerous injuries to his body and head. He was transported by paramedics to a local hospital in critical condition.
The 39-year-old driver stayed on the scene and was unharmed during the impact.
Speed, drugs, and alcohol have all been eliminated as factors.
This is the 26th road fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Bicycle Accidents in Hawaii
When cyclists are hit by larger, heavier automobiles, the injuries they usually receive are quite serious. A human body, frail as it is, is absolutely no match for a truck, car, or even a motorcycle, especially one in motion. Additionally, riders can easily be ejected from their bicycles and receive secondary injuries after they come into abrupt contact with the asphalt, another vehicle, structures, or buildings in the vicinity of the accident.
Some of the most common kinds of injuries that cyclists in Hawaii sustain include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken or fractured bones
- Damage to the spinal cord
- Contusions and lacerations
- Damage to vital internal organs
These and numerous other injuries that are often the result of drivers striking cyclists can result in a considerable amount of pain, both physical and emotional. Additionally, injuries this serious can keep an injured victim from working for weeks or even months, resulting in a substantial loss of income. In extremely severe cases, a victim might even need an in-home carer available to them 24 hours a day to assist them with their daily needs.
Bicycle collisions occur every single day nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually reported that more than 50,000 cyclists were injured during vehicle crashes just in 2012. The majority of these incidents were the result of driver negligence.
Against the backdrop of personal injury law, the word negligence has very distinct connotations. This makes it vital that bicycle riders injured due to contact with a motor vehicle discuss the circumstances of their collision with a respected personal injury attorney in Hawaii prior to giving a recorded statement to an insurance company or consenting to any settlement offer.
There are a seemingly endless number of ways the driver of a truck or car can be negligent, including”
- Driving while distracted
- Driving above the speed limit
- Poor or insufficient vehicle maintenance
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Driving while under the influence
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Failing to obey traffic lights and signs
- Driver inexperience
- Failing to use turn indicators
A skilled attorney from Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner can help you obtain financial compensation for these and other damages you may have incurred due to your bike accident.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident because of a negligent driver, contact our Hawaii bicycle accident lawyers today by calling (808) 537-2525 and scheduling a free, no-obligation review of your potential personal injury claim.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.