Honolulu, HI – Bicycle Rider in Critical Condition After Hit-and-Run Near Ala Moana Center
May 20, 2022
Honolulu, HI (May 19, 2022) – On Tuesday, May 17th, a collision between a cyclist and a motor vehicle took place in the area of Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.
At about 8:00 p.m., the Honolulu Police Department responded to the scene when a man riding a bicycle was exiting the Ala Moana Shopping Center traveling eastbound when he was hit by a Toyota Sienna passenger van with pre-existing damage to its hood.
The motorist, who remains unidentified, was last seen fleeing the scene in an easterly direction on Kapiolani Boulevard.
Paramedics were also called to the scene where they transported the man to a regional medical facility with critical injuries. There is no word on his current condition.
Police are actively following several leads in their search for the driver of the vehicle.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Injuries to Cyclists in Hawaii
Bicycle collisions occur every single day nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually reported that more than 50,000 cyclists were injured during vehicle crashes just in 2012. The majority of these incidents were the result of driver negligence.
There are a seemingly endless number of ways the driver of a truck or car can be negligent, including”
- Driving above the speed limit
- Driving while distracted
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Poor or insufficient vehicle maintenance
- Driving while under the influence
- Failing to obey traffic lights and signs
- Following another vehicle too closely (tailgating)
- Failing to use turn indicators
- Driver inexperience
Against the backdrop of personal injury law, the word negligence has very distinct connotations. This makes it vital that bicycle riders injured due to contact with a motor vehicle discuss the circumstances of their collision with a respected personal injury attorney in Hawaii prior to giving a recorded statement to an insurance company or consenting to any settlement offer.
When cyclists are hit by larger, heavier automobiles, the injuries they usually receive are quite serious. A human body, frail as it is, is absolutely no match for a truck, car, or even a motorcycle, especially one in motion. Additionally, riders can easily be ejected from their bicycles and receive secondary injuries after they come into abrupt contact with the asphalt, another vehicle, structures, or buildings in the vicinity of the accident.
Some of the most common kinds of injuries that cyclists in Hawaii sustain include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Contusions and lacerations
- Damage to the spinal cord
- Damage to vital internal organs
These and numerous other injuries that are often the result of drivers striking cyclists can result in a considerable amount of pain, both physical and emotional. Additionally, injuries this serious can keep an injured victim from working for weeks or even months, resulting in a substantial loss of income. In extremely severe cases, a victim might even need an in-home carer available to them 24 hours a day to assist them with their daily needs.
A skilled attorney can help you obtain financial compensation for these and other damages you may have incurred due to your bike accident.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident because of a negligent driver, contact our Hawaii bicycle accident lawyers today by calling (808) 537-2525 and scheduling a free, no-obligation review of your potential personal injury claim.
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.