Honolulu Bike Accident Lawyer
Whether You Were Riding a Rental or Your Own Bike, You May Be Able to Recover Your Expenses
Between 2017 and 2018, Hawaii saw a larger increase in pedestrian fatalities than any other state. Many of these accidents involved walkers, but as the number of bikers on our roads has increased, so have the number of bicycle accidents.
There are no complete statistics about the number of bicyclists injured on the islands, but in our minds, even one is too many.
Drivers choose to put everyone else on the road in danger when they engage in negligent behaviors.
These behaviors include:
- Use of phones
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Or driving at dangerous speeds
Bicyclists are more likely than drivers to sustain serious or even fatal injuries—especially when they are involved in an accident with a car or truck. We are here to support the victims of bad bicycle crashes who need help with their recovery.
Call our Honolulu office today at (808) 400-7248 or contact us online if you were injured in a bicycle accident.
Hawaii Bike Accident Statistics
Between 2007 and 2010, an average of 3 bikers died in Hawaii each year, and 1300 others were injured.
Their damages ranged from mild (scrapes and bruises) to catastrophic (traumatic brain injury). Data show that at least 50% of all recorded bicyclist injuries were sustained in accidents with automobiles.
Injuries also vary with bikers’ locations and circumstances. Trends suggest Kauai County is the most dangerous place for riders. In Honolulu County, we are lucky to have the lowest average number of hospitalizations in the state.
What Are the Most Common Injuries in Bike Accidents?
A survey of hospital records found that the most common injuries are:
- Contusions and open wounds
- Lower arm or hand fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Internal injuries
- Rib or pelvic fractures
Between 2007 and 2011, 18% of bicyclist injuries involved a traumatic brain injury. Many riders are lucky to escape with superficial wounds. However, for those who suffer fractures, internal injuries, or brain damage, treatment may be long and costly.
A bicyclist might never regain full use of the injured parts of their body. Between missed work and medical costs, victims in these types of accidents may fall behind on their bills and other expenses.
Personal injury lawsuits exist to bridge that monetary gap as the injured party recovers.
How Do Bike Accidents Happen?
Drivers and bikers both have to follow the rules of the road. Transgressions by either (or even by third parties) endanger others. Here are some scenarios that often lead to bicycle accidents:
- Biker enters road from a driveway, alley, curb, or sidewalk
- Driver enters road from alley or driveway
- Driver runs a stop sign or red light
- Driver turns right or left into bicyclist
- Driver passes a bicyclist
- Driver opens door that blocks bike lane without checking for nearby riders
As bikers, there is only so much we can do to keep ourselves safe. We rely on others to use caution and foresight to prevent accidents. Drivers who break this trust have a duty to help anyone injured by their carelessness.
Will Insurance Cover My Injuries After a Bike Accident?
One of the most important questions in any accident is who will pay for the damages. Luckily for the bikers and pedestrians on our roads, Hawaii is a no-fault insurance state.
That means the driver’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will help you access treatment—up to $10,000—no matter who was at fault.
What if the at-fault driver is uninsured, or leaves before you can identify them? Even though you’re not driving a car, your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage will likely cover your injuries as well as lost wages and suffering.
What if I’m Riding a Biki Bicycle?
We know that rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have special insurance in case of accidents. This is not the case with Biki.
The company’s insurance only covers damages to their bikes and/or injuries caused by bicycle malfunctions. Because PIP and most auto insurance policies cover bike riders, Biki doesn’t need to offer its own options.
Do You Need Compensation After a Bicycle Accident?
Attorney Daniel T. Pagliarini is here to support you and answer questions about your bike accident lawsuit. Hawaii’s no-fault insurance system may be confusing if you’ve never used PIP.
It also places restrictions on who can file lawsuits. Don’t stress yourself out trying to find answers and bargain with insurance adjusters while you’re still recovering. Let us put our experience to work from you.
For more than 30 years, we have been helping Hawaiians receive justice. More than half of that time has been spent working personal injury cases with clients in similar situations to yours. If you want to know your options after a bicycle accident, we are here to help.
Reach out to our compassionate Honolulu personal injury attorney today by visiting our contact page or calling us directly at (808) 400-7248.