Bicycle, Moped & Pedestrian Accidents
At Rosenberg McKay Hoffman, our attorneys handle personal injury and wrongful death cases involving car accidents on the streets of Hawaii, including collisions involving bicycles, mopeds and pedestrians. These accidents create a significant risk of serious injury or wrongful death for the accident victim, requiring knowledgeable and experienced legal representation by a lawyer who understands the unique issues presented in serious injuries and wrongful death cases.
Traffic accident statistics compiled by the Hawaii Department of Transportation reveal that pedestrians are involved in over 500 traffic accident injuries annually, including anywhere from 20-30 deaths occurring across all age groups. Bicycles and mopeds are involved in roughly the same number of accidents every year, although the number of fatalities is statistically about half the amount seen among pedestrian accidents.
Reasonable Care and Caution Required on the Road
Much like motorcyclists, riders of bicycles and mopeds, and pedestrians in particular, are very vulnerable and exposed to the risk of serious injury or wrongful death from an accident involving a motor vehicle. Also, like motorcycle riders, moped and bicycle riders are less visible to car drivers than other automobiles they expect to see on the road. However, in Hawaii it is reasonable to expect to share the road with bicycles and mopeds, and a careful driver will be aware of his or her surroundings and drive cautiously and respectfully around smaller, slower vehicles.
Moped and bicycle riders should also exercise reasonable care when riding in traffic. Bicyclists and moped riders are expected to know and obey all the rules of the road which apply to motor vehicles and others using the road. In addition to wearing helmets and other appropriate safety gear, cyclists would do well to drive predictably and signal their intentions in advance of any planned turns, stops or lane changes.
Even this level of caution will not protect a cyclist from injury from an overly-aggressive or reckless driver. A driver who whips around a slower-moving car may not be aware that the car ahead was slowing because of a bicycle, moped or pedestrian ahead. Pedestrians, who are not likely to be wearing any protective gear, have little recourse but to utilize crosswalks at their own risk. While these areas are designated for pedestrian safety, the vast majority of pedestrian accidents occur in the crosswalk.
Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable
If you are injured through no fault of your own, you should not be forced to cover your medical costs, lost wages and other damages out of your own pocket. Contact Rosenberg McKay Hoffman to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions or negligence and obtain the recover you deserve. It won't cost you anything to talk to us, and most cases can be handled on a "no recovery, no fee" contingency basis. Contact Rosenberg McKay Hoffman today.