Hawaii News reports that one man has died, and a woman has sustained serious personal injuries following a serious motorcycle accident in Kunia.
Due to the dangers of riding motorcycles, including the lack of protection separating riders from the road, when incidents occur, they are often deadly, or involve serious, life-threatening injuries. In this instance, the driver and passenger were reportedly driving fast, and overtaking other vehicles. The motorcycle rear-ended a stopped vehicle, waiting to turn left. The force of the impact through the passengers from the bike, and both were taken to a nearby hospital. The driver later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the stopped vehicle was not injured.
Initial reports indicate that speed may have played a role in the incident.
In order to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, all drivers – including those of motorcycles and automobiles – can help reduce the number of catastrophic and fatal accidents.
First, all drivers need to avoid driving recklessly or negligently. This includes speeding, or driving too fast for conditions, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while distracted. Speed, alcohol and distraction account for the majority of serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents. Other factors that increase the likelihood of serious injuries include roadway negligence (roads that are dangerous by design, lack proper maintenance, or signage), and vehicle defects/defective parts.
Driving defensively, and being aware of your surroundings, can play a large role in protecting drivers from injury.For more information, or if you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident or other personal injury matter, please contact the dedicated Hawaii injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.