Thousands of people own or rent mopeds on Oahu, but not everyone drives them safely. While car accidents happen every day, a recent string of Oahu moped accidents resulting in serious injuries has made headlines.
FIVE ACCIDENTS, FIVE HOSPITALIZED OVER TWO-DAY PERIOD
Five people have been hospitalized with serious injuries after they were involved in five separate moped accidents. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, these five accidents occurred during a two-day period:
- Ewa Beach. A 31-year-old moped driver traveling at high speed struck a car head-on on Hanakahi Street in Ewa Beach on August 10th and was rushed to the hospital, where he is in serious condition.
- Aiea. A 24-year-old moped driver was critically injured when she apparently lost control of her moped and crashed on Honomanu Street and Kamehameha Highway in Aiea on August 10th. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital, but her condition was not reported.
- Kaimuki. A 22-year-old man driving a moped crashed into an “unknown stationary object” on 10th Avenue in Kaimuki on August 9th. Paramedics took the man, who was not wearing a helmet, to a local trauma center in serious condition.
- Waimanalo. A 24-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital and is in serious condition after her moped crashed near Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo on August 9th.
- Waikiki. A 50-year-old man was injured in a moped accident on August 9th near the intersection of Ala Wai Blvd. and Ainakea Way in Waikiki. Paramedics took him to the hospital in serious condition. He was not wearing a helmet.
Moped accidents, like motorcycle accidents, often cause greater trauma and are more debilitating than a car accident due to rider and passenger exposure. Victims oftentimes suffer some of the most serious types of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
FIVE STEPS TO AVOID TRAUMATIC MOPED INJURIES
Whether you own or rent a moped in Hawaii, there are steps you can take to avoid traumatic moped injuries, including:
- Wearing a helmet. Riders should always wear a properly rated safety helmet – regardless of the duration of the trip or the road and weather conditions.
- Riding solo. Hawaii law only permits one rider per moped. Having more than one person on a moped not only violates the law, but also significantly increases your chances of suffering an accident and traumatic injury.
- Gearing up. Riders should wear protective clothing, including closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves, as it can help protect your body should you fall.
- Complying with age restrictions. Hawaii law only permits those aged 15 and over to ride a moped.
- Obeying traffic laws. Moped riders should always obey traffic laws. While this sounds overly simple, the truth is that many moped riders often ignore traffic laws pertaining to cars, trucks and motorcycles.
While these steps can help avoid injury, the bottom line is that accidents happen. When they do, you can rest assured that insurance companies will have a team of attorneys representing their best interests.
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If you’ve been in any type of accident (moped, car, truck or motorcycle), contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner and speak to one of our experienced accident lawyers who will represent your best interests. With more than 70 years of experience, our firm’s team approach allows us to investigate, reconstruct and analyze your accident quickly and estimate the amount of compensation you and your family may be entitled to, including medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of consortium and more.