An accident caused by a semi-truck or some other type of commercial vehicle can have devastating consequences for unsuspecting motorists. Far too often, these individuals suffer catastrophic injuries such as those that affect their brain and spinal cord. The physical, emotional and financial losses that stem from these motor vehicle accidents can be overwhelming and threaten to derail an individual's life at a time when they feel utterly cheated by the party who caused the accident in question.
Previously, this blog discussed the costs associated with caring for various types of spinal cord injuries. The grim reality is that this type of injury in financially ruinous for many victims, and they may not even be the only type of injury suffered by an individual who is harmed in a motor vehicle accident. Additionally, those who suffer catastrophic injuries in a car accident often have other damages that are noneconomic in nature. Trying to figure out a way to pay for unexpected and exorbitant medical expenses can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when trying to focus on one's recovery.
Injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents can run the spectrum of severity. Many Hawaiians are lucky enough to escape their wreck unharmed. Others are fortunate to suffer only minor bumps, bruises and scrapes. Yet, those on the extreme end of the spectrum can suffer life-changing or life-ending injuries. For these individuals, and their families, their newfound injuries can dictate how they live their lives and threaten their emotional and financial well-being.
In Hawaii, innocent people are injured and killed in car accidents that could have been easily avoided. The reality is that many motor vehicle accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to abide by state traffic laws. Victims of car accidents may recover damages for any injuries or damages caused by a negligent driver.
Hawaiian drivers who act negligently or recklessly behind the wheel are generally more likely to cause car accidents. However, some forms of negligent driving are more dangerous than others. A new study by the University of Waterloo found that speeding was more likely to predict a car accident than any other type of aggressive driving.
Many Honolulu residents, as well as tourists, suffer catastrophic injuries in motor vehicle accidents. A majority of these accidents occur due to the negligence of one or more parties involved. If someone or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, they may be entitled to compensation for personal injuries and accident-related expenses.
The increase in pedestrian deaths in Hawaii prompted Governor David Ige to sign a new law that lawmakers hope will prevent some of these deaths in the future, particularly at intersections. Most of us have seen intersection crosswalks with countdown timers that show walkers how much time they have to get across the street.
It is important for Hawaii residents to keep an eye on traffic when they are crossing the street. Even when they are following all the rules, walking in the crosswalk and being cautious, accidents can happen. Drivers who are distracted, are under the influence, are reckless or are simply failing to yield can crash into a pedestrian. Since pedestrians are so inherently vulnerable, there can be serious injuries and death in a pedestrian accident. With the litany of problems that come with injuries and fatalities after a pedestrian crash, having legal assistance is a must.
Under Hawaii law, drivers must have insurance for their vehicles. This is to ensure that if a driver causes an accident, the victim will be compensated for the injuries and damage they cause. However, just like other driving laws, drivers in Hawaii also often break this law. This can leave innocent drivers in a difficult position if an uninsured driver causes an accident.
There are many things that people can control when driving in Hawaii such as their speed, whether they check blind spots before changing lanes, not driving too close to other drivers, stopping at stop lights, not using their phones and many other factors. However, even if a driver does everything that they are supposed to do while driving, they unfortunately cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road. This means that even the safest drivers may end up in car accidents.