Hawaii News reports that police are investigating a fatal moped crash that killed a 54-year-old man. According to reports, this was a single vehicle crash. The man lost control of the moped, which caused him to crash into a concrete median and ejected him off the bike and onto the median. He died at the scene of the accident. Initial reports indicate that he was not wearing a helmet.
In Hawaii, riding a moped is very popular. Mopeds are easy to ride and a very convenient way to get around the island. Unfortunately, they are also dangerous, and most people don’t take the risks seriously. Often, those with little or no experience riding a moped may rent one for a short period of time, without understanding taking the proper precautions. For example, while helmets are not required by law, without one you have no protection if you’re in an accident. A fall or collision could cause a serious head injury or death, that may could have been prevented if you were wearing a helmet. Also, mopeds can reach speeds up to 50 mph. While those who ride motorcycles - or drive cars - have to get a license and demonstrate an understanding of basic safety protocols, these requirements don’t exist for riding a moped. Riders may be lulled into complacency assuming that because no license is required, no dangers exist. Unfortunately however, each year riders suffer serious personal injuries, and deaths.
For more information, or if you have been injured in any type of transportation accident, please contact the experienced Hawaii personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.