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.
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.
• 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 and/or injuries
• Take names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses
• Call a Hawaii personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights
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.
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.
Internal organ damage
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.