Although Hawaii is known for its beautiful vistas and sun-drenched beaches, it is not uncommon for residents and tourists to experience the powerful and sometimes violent rain storms that blow in from the ocean. After a storm, the roads and sidewalks throughout Honolulu may be riddled with puddles and slick with rain. While wetness is generally something that people can safely cope with it can cause otherwise safe surfaces to become slick.
Accidents happen all across the Hawaiian Islands each and every day. When they do, individuals who are harmed due to the negligent or reckless behavior of others find themselves facing serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries that are in no way the result of their own conduct. Often, these victims discover that despite the fact that they played no role in causing the accident, they are still responsible for paying the costs associated with getting their lives back to normal.
Dogs are wonderful additions to Hawaiian homes and in some cases the animals become cherished parts of their families. While most pet owners take their responsibilities seriously, from time to time a domestic animal such as a dog is involved in a dangerous personal injury incident. Dog bites can be serious medical conditions and this post will generally discuss how Hawaiian law addresses these unfortunate situations.
In 2016, almost 8.9 million tourists came to Hawaii. Sunshine, fun and an unforgettable vacation greeted most of these tourists. However, it would be impossible that all these millions of tourists would be protected against harm or even death.
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.
Residents of Honolulu are used to walking to and from many destinations. Because it is a gorgeous and convenient place to travel by foot, foot traffic is almost as common as motor vehicle traffic. Because roadways are altered to increase the safety for motorists, the same should be considered for those walking on sidewalks and near the streets. However, concern for pedestrian safety is not always in the forefront of people's minds.
Tourists and other Hawaiian residents face the risk of personal injury while driving, boating or participating in other recreational activities. Fatal injuries can also take place indoors, especially when a structure is not equipped with fire safety devices.
Lifeguards in Hawaii had almost total protection against personal injury lawsuits since 2002. There is ambiguity on whether this will continue, because a bill intended to remove some of this immunity is facing a veto by Governor David Ige.
A motor vehicle accident may have many causes in addition to a drunk, reckless or distracted driver. The Supreme Court of Hawaii recently ruled on a personal injury case involving a couple who were seriously injured when their car was crushed by a 160-ton rockfall. This was the first published opinion on highway rockfalls by the Court.