There is one unfortunate fact for everyone in Hawaii and that is that at some point in time everyone will pass away. How it will occur will vary greatly though. Some will die of natural causes after living a long, full life, but others dies relatively young due to a disease or illness or because of injuries suffered in a fatal accident. Anytime a loved one dies it can be difficult for the family and friends who survive them, but those that die in fatal accidents can be particularly difficult because they are unexpected, leaving the loved ones no time to prepare.
It might seem as if there are an inordinate number of pedestrian accidents being reported in Honolulu. This is because there has been a growing amount of these accidents with people being injured and dying as a result. Some of these accidents are due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. Many, however, are because a driver was distracted, under the influence or operating a vehicle recklessly. It is expected that those who are employed as drivers will be extra cautious and adhere to the law. Unfortunately, these vehicles are often involved in pedestrian accidents and cause injuries and fatalities. After such a crash, legal help is critical to the victims and their families.
Pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence on the Hawaiian Islands, and just recently, O'ahu suffered its 26th death from such an incident. A 73-year-old man was walking in the vicinity of Liliha Street and Kuakini Street when he was struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred shortly before 8 o'clock in the morning, and the man was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries from which he later died.
When a Honolulu resident chooses to pursue their losses from an injury or accident that was caused by another person, they must meet certain elements in order to prove their case. For example, they must identify the party or parties that caused the victim to suffer damages and build a case that shows how the responsible parties' actions were the cause of the event that led to the victim's losses. Put simply, a victim must show that the party they have identified is responsible for the harm inflicted upon them.
The death of a beloved family member is a pain that may never truly heal in the ones who cherished their time with the deceased. In the days and months following such a loss, families in Hawaii may lean on their relatives and friends for the emotional support they require to get through each and every day. That support can be critical for grieving individuals to find a new normal for their lives as they move forward without their lost relations.
The death of a loved one can be a traumatic event for a Hawaiian family to get over. In fact, it may take the members of the affected family years to come to terms with their loss and to find ways to move themselves forward without their loved one by their sides. Unfortunately, though, the law does not permit individuals much time where they may legally bring a lawsuit against the party that caused their loved one's wrongful death.
Collisions between vehicles and humans are often tragedies. When a car hits a person, that person often has little to protect them from the unforgivingly hard surfaces of the vehicle, road and other obstacles that may be in their path. As a result, pedestrian accidents are often fatal occurrences that leave Hawaiian families coping with the losses of their loved ones.
People who visit the Hawaiian Islands can also face threats to their health and safety if the vendors and businesses they utilize for their adventure experiences fail to protect them from preventable harm. When exciting experiences become life-threatening emergencies, victims may find themselves spending their time in the hospital with debilitating injuries, or even worse, coping with the losses of loved ones.
If a Honolulu resident loses a loved one in a tragic negligence or recklessness-based accident, then they may have the right to sue the party or parties who caused their loved one's passing. Spouses, children, parents, personal representatives and individuals who relied on the victim for financial support may all have rights to initiate these legal claims. When a wrongful death lawsuit is filed the pleading parties may seek a variety of damages.
Serving underage minors can have safety and legal consequences. In a case from Pearl City, the mother of a teenager who died from a suspected overdose of drugs and alcohol filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the bar who allegedly served her.