WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF BICYCLE ACCIDENTS IN HAWAII?
Drivers who are focused on text messages, phone calls, or anything other than the task of safe driving are significantly more likely to overlook cyclists and cause devastating accidents.
When drivers exceed posted speed limits or follow bicyclists too closely, they may not leave enough time or distance to slow, stop, and avoid potentially deadly collisions.
Driving under the
Drivers who are drunk or high behind the wheel pose dangers to themselves and others. An impaired driver is less likely to have the judgment or reflexes required to drive safely around bicycles.
Studies suggest that driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Drowsy drivers are less likely to notice nearby cyclists or react in time to prevent disastrous crash scenarios.
Running red lights
or stop signs
Ignoring traffic signals at an intersection is always dangerous, but the risk is even greater when negligent drivers fail to check for cyclists exercising their right of way.
Drivers who fail to indicate their turns or engage in lane weaving are incredibly hazardous to cyclists. In some cases, drivers looking to avoid traffic may even merge into occupied bicycle lanes without checking.
Dooring happens when a negligent driver parks their vehicle and then opens their door without looking. If a car door in the path of an oncoming cyclist is opened unexpectedly, the rider can crash into the door and sustain serious injuries.
If a driver fails to check behind themselves when reversing out of a driveway or parking space, they can easily back over passing cyclists.
HOW OFTEN DO BICYCLE ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN HAWAII?
6,000 NON FATAL INJURIES
There are nearly 6,000 non-fatal injuries caused by Hawaii traffic accidents every year. In 11% of these crashes, accident victims require hospital admission. Almost 55% of admitted patients are “vulnerable road users,” such as bicyclists.
1,065 EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS
Non-fatal bicycle accidents accounted for 91 hospital admissions and 1,065 emergency room visits in Hawaii in a recent three-year period
Only 61% of polled road users in Hawaii were reportedly aware of the recommendation to provide bicycle riders with at least three feet of space when passing.
16 OUT OF 17 INVOLVED A MOTOR VEHICLE
In a five-year period, 16 out of 17 bicycle accident fatalities in Hawaii involved a collision with a motor vehicle.
The total number of bicycle accident fatalities exceeded target levels by at least 100% in two recent calendar years..
HDOT has set a goal to avoid exceeding three bicycle accident fatalities in 2021. To achieve this goal, the department has hired a State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and plans to apply a “data-driven approach” to address education and infrastructure issues
IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?
Take photos of your
injuries and bicycle
of your injuries in
a pain journal
Keep track of your
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Allow bicyclists the full use of traffic lanes when the lanes are not wide enough to allow cars to pass safely. Drivers must wait patiently behind bicyclists until it is safe to pass them, even if cyclists are traveling below the speed limit.
Slow down upon approaching bicyclists or pedestrians.
Allow at least three feet of extra space when passing bicyclists on the left.
Check for bicycles on the shoulder or right side of the road when making right-hand turns and yield to bicyclists before initiating a turn.
Check for bicycles approaching from the opposite direction when making left-hand turns.
Look for oncoming cyclists before opening the door of a car parked along the side of the street.
Watch for nearby cyclists when exiting a driveway or parking space.
Avoid using car horns near bicyclists since the unexpected loud sound could startle them and cause them to swerve into traffic.
Take special precautions around bicyclists who are minors or obviously impaired or inexperienced.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Hawaii Today
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