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Moped Traffic Collision Personal Injury Lawyer in Honolulu

Hawaii Moped Accident Lawyer

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Accidents involving mopeds and larger vehicles, such as cars, buses, or trucks, often cause severe and potentially fatal injuries. In most cases, the moped rider will suffer the most serious harm, largely due to the fact that mopeds are much lighter and offer almost no protection.

If you were hurt in a moped accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the road to recovery could be lengthy and very costly. The process can be even more stressful if the person responsible or their insurance company tries to deny fault or does not offer you the full and fair compensation you deserve.

That’s why you need the Hawaii moped traffic collision personal injury lawyers of the Recovery Law Center. Our Honolulu firm represents people suffering from injuries, pain, stress, and financial difficulties due to moped accidents.

Personal injury attorney Glenn Honda has 25 years of experience representing personal injury clients. Born and raised in Hawaii, Glenn Honda and his team serve residents of Hawaii, tourists, business travelers, members of the military, and others who have been hurt by someone else’s carelessness.

If you have a moped accident claim, call us or contact us online now to schedule a free consultation. The recommended Honolulu moped traffic collision personal injury attorneys of the Recovery Law Center stand ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve.


Common Injuries Experienced in Moped Accidents

Because mopeds riders are largely unprotected in an accident, victims of these kinds of accidents typically suffer much more severe injuries than occupants of cars or trucks – even in accidents that occur at a low rate of speed.

Some of the common injuries seen in moped accidents include:

Broken Bones Icon Broken Bones

Mopeds don’t offer a rider much protection, so broken bones often result from moped accidents.

Severed Extremities Icon Severed Extremities

When severed extremities are involved, they may occur on impact or as a result of severe damage that requires surgical amputation.

Joint and Ligament Injuries Icon Joint and Ligament Injuries

Joint injuries can include dislocated knees, hips, elbows, or shoulders, while damage to ligaments and tendons often include Achilles tendon injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries, or rotator cuff injuries.

Neck and Back Injuries Icon Neck and Back Injuries

Slipped spinal discs, radiculopathy, or fractured vertebrae often result from moped crashes.

Head and Brain Injuries Icon Head and Brain Injuries

Moped riders often suffer fractured skulls, brain bleeds, or traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions and coma.

Spinal Injuries and Paralysis Icon Spinal Injuries and Paralysis

These severe injuries can be caused by swelling and inflammation or by damage to the spinal cord itself, which may result in paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia.

What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Moped Crash in Hawaii

If you’ve been hurt in a moped crash, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Some injuries present delayed symptoms, and those symptoms may not develop until hours or days after the crash.

A thorough medical examination may reveal these injuries and allow you to receive prompt medical treatment that can improve your prognosis. Promptly identifying injuries after an accident will make it harder for opposing parties to argue that something other than the accident caused your injuries.

You should also begin collecting information that will be helpful in pursuing a claim for compensation for your injuries. This includes:

  • Photographs of the accident scene (ideally taken as soon after your accident as possible)
  • Bills for medical expenses
  • Records of missed work
  • Notes detailing your recollection of the accident, your injuries, and resulting pain
  • Specifics about life activities made difficult or impossible as a result of your injuries

Most importantly, you should contact an experienced moped accident attorney who can help you collect the information you need for your claim, build a strong and persuasive case, present it to the insurance companies, and negotiate a fair and full settlement, and, if necessary, argue your case at trial.

Compensation After a Moped Accident in Hawaii

Compensation After a Moped Accident in Hawaii

If you were injured in a moped accident, you might be wondering what kinds of compensation you may be entitled to recover. Compensation for moped accidents, like other kinds of personal injury accidents, generally falls into four different categories:

  • Medical Expenses – Hospital stays, surgeries, doctors’ visits, medication, physical therapy, medical equipment, renovations to your home to accommodate disabilities caused by your injuries, and more, may be included in medical expenses.
  • Lost Income – Wages lost as a result of time missed from work due to your injuries are compensable. If you return to work with fewer hours or in a lower-paying job than before your accident, it also may include the difference in income.
  • Pain and Suffering – This includes mental and physical pain suffered as a result of your injuries and your inability to participate in activities (such as sports or recreation) that you enjoyed before your accident.
  • Loss of Companionship – Your spouse and family may be entitled to damages for the loss of your companionship that resulted from your injuries.

If your moped was damaged or destroyed in the accident, you could be entitled to compensation equal to the cost of repair or the actual cash value of the moped if it was not able to be repaired.

In cases where a close relative is killed in a moped accident, certain surviving family members may be entitled to damages under wrongful death and survival claims. These damages cover the deceased’s medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, pain suffered as a result of fatal injuries, and the family’s loss of the companionship and services of the deceased.

Finally, in rare cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike the other categories of compensation, punitive damages are not meant to compensate for a loss but rather to punish the defendant’s conduct and deter similar future behavior. The defendant’s conduct must have been intentional, wanton, or extremely reckless to warrant punitive damages.

Time Limits for Filing a Moped Accident Claim in Hawaii

After a moped traffic collision, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit to pursue your claim. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations.

As a personal injury or wrongful death claim, a moped accident is subject to a two-year statute of limitations under Hawaii law, which is calculated from the date of the crash. If you fail to file your case in court within two years of the date of the accident, you will generally be barred from asserting your claim in court.

In some instances, a court may decide to “toll” or pause the running of the statute of limitations. For example, a court may choose to toll the limitations period under the discovery rule, which states that a statute of limitations does not start until a plaintiff learns (or should learn through reasonable investigation) of the facts underlying his or her legal claim.

A court may decide to toll the statute of limitations for other reasons in the interest of justice, such as if a moped accident victim was the subject of a hit-and-run and doesn’t discover the identity of the other driver until much later.

Common Causes of Moped Accidents in Hawaii

Common causes of moped accidents include:

Distracted Driving Icon Distracted Driving

Both riders of mopeds and drivers of larger vehicles can be distracted while driving and cause an accident. Common distractions include conversations with fellow passengers, changing music, eating, and texting or other cell phone use.

Driving Under the Influence Icon Driving Under the Influence

Moped riders and other vehicle drivers can also get into accidents when they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating their vehicles.

Speeding Icon Speeding

A driver of another vehicle may speed and lose control or be unable to avoid slower mopeds on the road.

Lack of Visibility Icon Lack of Visibility

Drivers of other vehicles may fail to see smaller mopeds as they change lanes or make turns.

Lane-splitting Icon Lane-splitting

Vehicles sometimes fail to give mopeds the full width of the lane.

Inability to Judge a Moped’s Speed Icon Inability to Judge a Moped’s Speed

Drivers who are accustomed to characteristics of larger vehicles’ performance and braking may fail to recognize that mopeds aren’t traveling as quickly and that they have a much shorter braking distance.

Poor Road Conditions Icon Poor Road Conditions

Wet, slick roads, standing water, and potholes can all cause moped riders to lose control and crash.

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How Our Hawaii Moped Accident Lawyer Can Help

When you are recovering from a moped traffic collision, how much time and energy do you have to spend on fighting with insurance companies to pursue a claim for compensation for your injuries? Our Honolulu moped accident attorney, Glenn Honda, is prepared to take on the burden of fighting for the compensation and justice you deserve, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back to your job, family, and life.

We don’t just help with your financial recovery. We also work to support your physical and emotional healing as well. We’ll fight for your right to medical care, working with your health care providers to keep them informed about the status of your claim and to calculate future medical expenses you may incur long after your claim is resolved.

The team at the Recovery Law Center can investigate the causes of your accident, identify all parties that may be responsible for your injuries, and document the losses you’ve suffered from your injuries. Our Honolulu moped accident lawyers will be prepared to negotiate with the insurance companies and defense lawyers to try to get a fair settlement, and we’ll take your case to trial if necessary.

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