Crashes are fairly common, even in a beautiful area like Honolulu. Unfortunately, they sometimes lead to the worst-case scenarios that no one wants to think about.
When someone crosses the centerline, you may not have enough time to get out of the way. As a result, you could end up in a head-on collision that leaves you with significant injuries.
When a major accident happens, it takes all resources to care for those who have been hurt, to clean up the scene and to keep traffic moving. After a crash, everything might seem like a blur to you, and that's because things will probably happen quickly. You may call 911, be rushed to the hospital and have very little time to speak with anyone about what happened.
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.