Moped Accident Statistics in Hawaii

Moped Accident

Moped and scooter use has surged in Hawaii in recent years. Sadly, the spike has also been accompanied by a rise in moped accidents in The Aloha State ― many with heartbreaking consequences.

Statistics reported in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser indicate out of the 66 traffic-related fatalities in Hawaii during the first 10 months of 2021, 26 involved motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters.

If you or a loved one sustained moped injuries after a crash caused by someone’s carelessness, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses under Hawaii personal injury law. The moped accident attorneys at Recovery Law Center have the knowledge and skills can pursue justice and financial relief for you.

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How Dangerous Is Riding a Moped?

Many people assume that riding a moped is less dangerous than riding a motorcycle due to a moped’s smaller size and slower speed. However, riding a moped can be deadly for those very reasons.

Mopeds are lightweight and slim, making them difficult to spot in traffic. It’s already difficult for drivers to spot motorcycles, so an even smaller vehicle presents a greater challenge.

Mopeds also lack the safety advantages that come with a passenger vehicle. Motorists can rely on airbags, seat belts, and the metal frame of their car to offer them some protection from the force of a collision. Moped riders are exposed to direct impact when a collision occurs, increasing the chance of serious injuries.

Latest Moped Accident Statistics in Hawaii

Statistical analysis of moped accidents often includes other two-wheeled vehicles, such as motorcycles and scooters. This makes it difficult to pinpoint how common moped accidents are compared to their counterparts.

The Hawaii State Department of Transportation (HDOT) reports 13 deaths of motorcycles, motorscooters, or moped riders on the roads in 2023, compared to 8 in the same period last year. They urge all drivers to be cautious and share the road, especially during Motorcycle Safety Month.

In 2022, 33 motorcycle-related fatalities accounted for 28% of all traffic deaths, with 22 of the riders lacking proper licensing. Preliminary data also showed that 18 riders tested positive for alcohol or drugs. Single-vehicle crashes caused 9 deaths, with speed being a factor in 19 cases. Only 9 riders were wearing helmets.

HDOT advises drivers to check mirrors and blind spots carefully, as motorcycles can be easily hidden. They should also maintain more distance behind motorcycles, allowing riders to maneuver safely. Riders are urged to obtain proper licensing and wear high-visibility gear. 

Potential Causes of Moped Accidents

Potential Causes of Moped Accidents

Moped accidents can occur due to various factors, and identifying potential causes is crucial for prevention and improving safety measures. Some possible causes of moped accidents include:

Human Error

  • Inexperienced or reckless driving behavior by moped riders
  • Failure to obey traffic laws, signals, and signs
  • Distracted driving, such as texting or using a mobile phone while riding
  • Impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs, or fatigue

Other Vehicle Factors

  • Negligent or aggressive driving behavior by other motorists
  • Failure of other drivers to see or yield to mopeds, especially in blind spots
  • Sudden lane changes or turns by other vehicles, causing collisions with mopeds

Mechanical Failures

  • Malfunctioning brakes, tires, or other critical components of the moped
  • Lack of proper maintenance leads to mechanical issues while riding
  • Defective parts or manufacturing errors in the moped itself

Environmental Factors

  • Poor road conditions, such as potholes, debris, or uneven surfaces
  • Adverse weather conditions affect visibility and road traction, including rain, fog, or strong winds
  • Low-light conditions, such as nighttime or dawn/dusk, reduce visibility for both riders and other road user

Common Injuries Caused by a Moped Accident

When a moped accident occurs, the collision usually directly impacts the rider. Motorists enjoy numerous safety features ―including airbags, seat belts, and the metal frame of the vehicle’s cab ― that protect them from the force of a collision. Moped riders only have the clothes they are wearing and their helmet, if they have one.

Because moped riders bear the brunt of a collision, they are most likely to sustain severe injuries, such as: 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) 

TBIs can range from minor concussions to life-threatening hematomas. Many traumatic brain injuries require emergency care and long-term rehabilitation. TBIs can cause: 

  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Logic
  • Emotion
  • Personality issues

Back and spinal cord injuries 

Common back injuries and spinal cord injuries sustained in moped accidents involve:

  • Back strains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Slipped discs
  • Fractures


If the moped rider’s spinal cord is injured or severed, paralysis may occur. Depending on the location of the injury, a spinal cord injury could render the victim partially or fully paralyzed, sometimes permanently.

Internal injuries 

The violent impact of a moped accident can cause organ damage, such as ruptured kidneys, livers, spleens, and punctured lungs. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening. Internal injuries don’t always manifest symptoms immediately after a crash, so seek medical attention immediately after a collision.

Broken bones 

Moped riders commonly sustain bone fractures in the arms, shoulders, elbows, legs, and knees. These injuries may require surgery and can take months to recover fully.

Road rash 

Road rash is a common injury from moped accidents. Riders slide across the pavement and suffer painful skin abrasions.

Burns and disfigurement 

A moped rider exposed to fuel, fire, or toxic chemicals could suffer severe burns in a wreck, resulting in permanent injury and significant disfigurement.

If you were seriously injured in a moped accident, the legal team at Recovery Law Center will work tirelessly to help you pursue the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and other costs as you recover.

Recovery Law Center Ensures Victim Rights Protection After a Moped Accident

Moped accidents in Hawaii underscore the need for heightened awareness and safety measures. Despite efforts to mitigate risks, statistics reveal ongoing challenges. Accidents remain a concern, whether due to road conditions, inexperienced riders, or other factors. Proactive steps such as education campaigns, stricter regulations, and infrastructure improvements are imperative to address this.

However, individuals involved in accidents must seek legal guidance promptly. Recovery Law Center supports victims in understanding their rights and pursuing rightful compensation. We can strive for a safer environment on Hawaii’s roads by prioritizing safety and seeking legal recourse when needed. Contact Recovery Law Center for a free consultation.

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Glenn T. Honda

Glenn T. Honda

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