Hilo, HI – Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Mamalahoa Hwy Near Hau St
June 14, 2022
Hilo, HI (June 14, 2022) – Hawaii Island police responded to the scene of a deadly motorcycle crash on Monday, June 13th in Hilo.
The incident, which took place on the Mamalahoa Highway in the area of Hau Street, involved a Honda sedan and a motorcyclist. Both vehicles were traveling northbound along the highway when the sedan driver attempted to make a U-turn in front of the biker, causing him to crash into the side of the car.
The motorcycle rider was transferred by paramedics to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the sedan, a 63-year-old woman, was also taken to Hilo Medical Center with minor head trauma. She has since been released.
Investigators have not ruled out the use of alcohol and drugs as contributing factors.
This is the 18th fatal vehicle accident of 2022 compared to 11 at the same time last year.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Motor Vehicle Accidents in Hawaii
In 2012, Hawaii took extreme actions to reduce the number of critical injuries and deaths caused by drunk drivers. The state created an enforcement program known as 52/12 which involves the set-up of one sobriety checkpoint every week throughout the year in an effort to decrease the number of motorists under the influence and at the wheel. After it was implemented, 450 DUI arrests were made across a total of 600 checkpoints across the state.
The number of drunk driving arrests nearly doubled from 2008 to 2011. These numbers make it clear that the program is working as fatal drunk driving accidents fell by 20%
Hawaii is also working hard to fight distracted driving, which is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States. The ubiquitousness of mobile phones and the ever-growing obsession with social media have forever changed the way drivers behave behind the wheel.
It is not unusual for drivers to use Google Maps while they are out and about, while others can’t seem to refrain from making calls and sending text messages. Still, others are confident in their ability to post on Facebook or record a TikTok in rush hour traffic. This kind of distracted driving often comes with serious consequences for not only the oblivious driver but anyone else around them. Distracted driving has been proven to be more perilous than drunk driving’ a fact supported by car accident statistics that show in 2012, police across the state issued more than 5,0000 tickets relating to operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic handheld device.
Another significant cause of vehicle accidents across the state is speeding. The Hawaii Department of Transportation has attempted to reduce the number of speed-related crashes and associated deaths by increasing the penalties inflicted upon those cited for the act.
In spite of their best efforts, however, car accidents continue to happen every day and have long-term consequences for injured victims and their families.
A Hawaii law firm with decades of combined experience in learning and working with Hawaii’s state-specific regulations and laws can give you reasonable advice on the best way to secure the economic recovery you are entitled to after a serious crash. Our job is to hold the at-fault driver responsible for the damages and losses they caused.
It is essential that you speak with a Hawaii car accident lawyer you can rely on following a serious accident. Contact our Hawaii car crash attorneys today at (808) 537-2525 to schedule a free assessment of your possible claim to discover what legal options are open to you.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.