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Fatal accident with trolley kills elderly man crossing street

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2018 | Wrongful Death |

It might seem as if there are an inordinate number of pedestrian accidents being reported in Honolulu. This is because there has been a growing amount of these accidents with people being injured and dying as a result. Some of these accidents are due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. Many, however, are because a driver was distracted, under the influence or operating a vehicle recklessly. It is expected that those who are employed as drivers will be extra cautious and adhere to the law. Unfortunately, these vehicles are often involved in pedestrian accidents and cause injuries and fatalities. After such a crash, legal help is critical to the victims and their families.

A vehicle-pedestrian accident killed a 76-year-old man when he was crossing the street. The vehicle was a trolley being driven by a 52-year-old man. It is believed he was under the influence and he was arrested on several charges. The incident occurred in the afternoon at shortly before 4 p.m. The man who died was in a marked crosswalk. There were six passengers on the trolley. It was turning left when it hit the pedestrian. This accident makes 2018 the worst in the history of Hawaii with 37 pedestrian fatalities. Previously, the most in the state since records have been kept was in 2005 with 36. The investigation is ongoing.

When there is a fatal accident, the family left behind will want answers. This is true whether it was an elderly person, a child or someone in between. There are a multitude of problems that a family can face after the loss of a loved one in an accident. That includes the loss of contributions — financial and personal; the loss of companionship; and the emotional impact from an unexpected and unnecessary death. The investigation is the critical part of filing a lawsuit and gathering evidence is key. Having legal advice is a major factor.

After a fatal pedestrian accident in which the driver of a trolley was believed to have been under the influence, there are many who could be deemed responsible. Of course, the driver is one. But the company could also be considered at fault for a lack of oversight and not ensuring that its employees are adhering to the basic rules of the road. With this accident and the death of an elderly person, having legal assistance is imperative. Calling for help from a law firm that understands how to pursue compensation after a fatal crash is the first step toward filing a claim.