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.
Kauai Island beaches have been a popular tourist destination and the location of movies such as "Blue Hawaii." These beaches have also been the site of several fatal accidents, including 316 drownings from 1970 through 2012. Frank Sinatra, in fact, almost drowned in a riptide during the filming of "None but the Brave" in 1964.
Hawaii is a much sought after vacation paradise for tourists, with 8.9 million visitors arriving in 2016. However, fatal consequences have sometimes greeted these visits.
From 2003 to 2012, the rate of tourist drownings in Hawaii was 13 times greater than the national average and almost 10 times greater than people who live there. According to statistics from the state, 102 tourists drowned while snorkeling from 2003 to 2012, while only 13 Hawaii residents drowned within the same time period. Almost one tourist dies weekly in recreation accidents involving snorkeling, swimming, hiking and scenic drives. Snorkeling is the most common of these activities that led to a deadly accident.
A new law intended to lower Honolulu's pedestrian death-rate, which is among the highest in the country, is targeting the wrong cause and may not effectively deter this fatal injury. The new measure was signed into law in July and penalizes pedestrians who cross a street while looking at their cellphone.
The National Safety Council found that 13 workers are killed in this country each day in a fatal workplace accident. In its recent report on fatal accidents, the Council determined that Hawaii received a grade of a C and ranked 22nd among the states for overall workplace safety. No state received a grade of A.