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.
Many people in Hawaii enjoy alcoholic beverages from time to time. Drinking alcohol by itself is not a bad thing and usually does not have negative consequences. However, the choices people make after drinking alcohol can be dangerous and harm the person or others around them. One of these decisions is if they decide to drive after consuming alcohol. There are many dangers associated with drinking and driving including causing car accidents and causing injuries to other drivers as a result.
There are many things people can control when they are driving in Hawaii. They can control their speed, how close they travel behind other drivers, whether they signal their turns, whether they use their phones and many other factors. However, there are things they cannot control. They cannot control the weather which can create slippery driving conditions and most importantly they cannot control the other drivers on the roads. So, even when a driver is doing everything correctly, they still could be the victim of a car accident.
When there is an auto accident in Honolulu or anywhere in Hawaii, one of the basic requirements for those involved is that they remain at the scene to make sure there were no injuries and to call for help if there were. This is especially imperative when it is a pedestrian accident as there is an overwhelming likelihood that the person will have suffered personal injury. For drivers who decide to flee the scene, it becomes a hit and run accident. After hit and run accidents, the injured person and his or her family must think about the future by contacting a lawyer experienced in auto accidents.