The scenery is one of the biggest draws for people who visit and live in Hawaii. Riding a motorcycle offers a freedom that those in other vehicles often do not understand, and doing so here can increase that feeling. However, the joys of riding a motorcycle are countered by the risks. For instance, the injuries riders can suffer in motorcycle accidents can be devastating.
This fact was illustrated in a recent crash between two motorcycles. As a group of motorcycles headed west on Kalanianaole Highway, a vehicle in front of it came to a stop in order to make a left-hand turn. The first motorcycle managed to stop, but the second did not.
That motorcycle, occupied by a 35-year-old man, crashed into the first one, occupied by a man and a woman. The 35-year-old man was critically injured and rushed to an area hospital, but he eventually died from the injuries he suffered in the impact. The rider and passenger on the other motorcycle survived the crash, but one of them suffered serious injuries and the other suffered critical injuries. No further information on their conditions was available.
Undoubtedly, the two survivors are incurring a significant amount of medical bills. As would be the case in other catastrophic motorcycle accidents, they could also be losing income and sustaining other damages as they recover. Even though officials suspect that the parties knew each other, that does not mean that the two survivors cannot file personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased motorcyclist. If a Hawaii court determines that negligence led to their injuries, they may receive damages to help with their financial burdens.
Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, “1 dead, 2 hospitalized in motorcycle crash near Sandy Beach”, Jobeth Devera, April 22, 2017