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Drugs are prescription for traffic danger

Alcohol is not the only culprit of impaired driving in this country. In fact, the Governor's Highway Safety Administration reported that drugs were found more frequently than alcohol in drivers who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. Forty-three percent of drivers who died in car crashes tested positive for drugs. A government survey found that the number of those driving while intoxicated fell by three quarters since 1973, while drug impaired driving has risen.

What you need to know about contributory negligence in Hawaii

In real life, when something bad happens it is uncommon that one person is 100 percent at fault. The world is random and complicated, and it can take a series of negligent or outright threatening actions from a variety of people to cause a car accident or other violent incident.

Contributory negligence: an explanation

What to do after a pedestrian crash

One thing that is more frightening and dangerous than being inside a car during a motor vehicle accident is being a pedestrian or bicyclist who is struck by a vehicle on a street in Hawaii. Pedestrians and cyclists are not protected by a vehicle body, airbags or seatbelts.

Never assume that is safe to walk away after being struck by a car. Pedestrians and cyclists should take immediate steps to assure that they are healthy and can protect their legal rights. First, calling for emergency responders or 911 is required for health and safety. Trained professionals, not the accident victim, is best qualified to determine whether any injuries were suffered and to provide immediate medical care. Many times, serious accident injuries are not apparent.

Bar sued for death of teenager

Serving underage minors can have safety and legal consequences. In a case from Pearl City, the mother of a teenager who died from a suspected overdose of drugs and alcohol filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the bar who allegedly served her.

The 17-year-old teenager collapsed outside this bar in Pearl City on May 12, according to police. She was immediately transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The teenager was weeks away from her high school graduation.

Injured marine worker claims complicated

Marine construction workers in Hawaii face the risk of serious injury while using heavy equipment to restore shorelines, dredge harbors, repair bridges and construct docks. They must overcome a complicated legal structure for claim filing, payment of hospital bills and obtaining missed pay.

The federal Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act governs workers around navigable waters at piers, docks, harbors and sea terminals. The workers' compensation laws of Hawaii may also apply to these workers.

Sunroofs exploding on certain models of cars

Bucking the trend of improving safety equipment on cars, an optional vehicle feature designed for aesthetics and enjoyment has become an increasing personal injury threat. Reports of exploding sunroofs have grown over the last few years.

Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have especially multiplied since 2011, according to this agency and Consumer Reports. There were 859 occurrences reported to the NTSB since 1995 and 71 percent of these cases were filed during the last six years. The reported explosions usually occurred within the first two years of the vehicle's life.

Distracting technology in the driver's seat

New vehicles are being equipped with technological devices that are also threatening auto safety, according to a recent report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This complex equipment has increased distracted driving, which, in turn, leads to the threat of a motor vehicle accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 3,477 people were killed and 390,000 suffered injuries in accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2015. However, these figures may not be accurate because distracted driving is underreported because drivers do not admit to it.

The risks of skydiving

When it comes to tourists, Hawaii offers something for every taste. Want to lounge on the beach under blue skies? We have that. Interested in exploring the fascinating mix of cultures that makes Hawaii like no place else on Earth? We have you covered.

Then there are the multitude of options our state has for outdoor adventure-seekers. From surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling to hiking and sailing, Hawaii offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for adrenaline junkies to get their fix.

Kauai beaches' history of drownings

Kauai Island beaches have been a popular tourist destination and the location of movies such as "Blue Hawaii." These beaches have also been the site of several fatal accidents, including 316 drownings from 1970 through 2012. Frank Sinatra, in fact, almost drowned in a riptide during the filming of "None but the Brave" in 1964.

Drowning is the top cause of death for tourists in this state. Tourists comprised 75 percent of the drowning victims. From 1990 through 2008, there were 166 deaths from drownings compared to 144 deaths attributed to traffic accidents. The average age of the drowning victims was 46, while men suffered more drownings than women by a ratio of 9 to 1.

When the surgeon removes the wrong organ; a painful ordeal

With all the training and expertise the average surgical team has, you would think that wrong-site surgeries would be a thing of the past. And yet, these incidents keep happening with chilling regularity in the United States.

In one of the most recent examples, a woman is accusing her surgeon of operating on the completely wrong organ, leaving her in severe pain and putting her life at serious risk.

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