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.