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Taking measures to reduce the odds of a pedestrian accident

With warmer weather year-round in Hawaii, like many others, you may prefer to do a great deal of your travelling via the sidewalk. Along with being a healthier alternative to other modes of transportation, walking may also offer a variety of additional benefits, such as skipping out on traffic and avoiding high fuel costs.

However, with more and more vehicles on the road each day, you may also have some concerns about your safety as a pedestrian. While every collision has the potential to be dangerous, with less in the way of protective barriers, those involving pedestrians have a higher chance of ending in disaster.

Premises liability claim filed against Subway franchise

Visitors to restaurants in Hawaii expect to have dining experiences that will not cause them harm. Business owners must provide safe premises and provide warnings if they are unable to keep the areas safe. The premises liability law allows victims of injuries suffered in these establishments to pursue recovery of damages suffered.

In one such a case in another state, a woman recently filed a complaint against a Subway Restaurant franchisee in which she alleges the property owner provided an unsafe environment for visiting customers. According to court documents, the plaintiff claims she visited the restaurant in July 2015 when she slipped in a liquid substance and fell to the ground. She alleges the defendant was negligent in failing to keep the floor clean and dry, nor were there warning barricades to prevent access to dangerous areas.

Medical evaluations essential for claims after auto accidents

Sometimes, crash victims in Hawaii do not realize the importance of a medical evaluation even if injuries seem insignificant. Some common injuries suffered in auto accidents worsen over the following days or weeks, if not identified and treated promptly. One such injury is neck trauma caused by whiplash. The sudden shaking of the head upon crash impact can cause sprains and strains that need therapy, and if disks are herniated, surgery may even be needed.

While upper body injuries are common in car accidents, knees, legs and toes are often cut, bruised or broken, and knees and ankles can be dislocated or have ligaments torn. Fractured bones may require emergency treatment, and while casts might aid the repair of some, bones with multiple fractures might need plates and screws. Compound fractures -- those in which the bone breaks the skin -- are the most serious because there is an added infection risk.

Fatality brings deaths in car accidents in Hawaii to 30 for 2017

A victim of an auto-pedestrian accident recently succumbed to her injuries after fighting for a month to stay alive. This brought the number of fatalities in car accidents on Hawaii Island to 30 for this year. This accident occurred in Hilo on Sept. 21.

According to an accident report, police received a call about the accident shortly after 10:50 on that day. Upon arrival at the crash scene, they determined that two pedestrians were struck by a sedan. Police say the pedestrians were in a crosswalk at an intersection. Reportedly, the two injured women -- both 86 years old -- were transported to a local hospital.

Drivers know what to do but still behave badly

Have you ever passed a driver who was looking down at a cell phone? Have you watched anyone drive through an intersection after the light had turned red? Maybe you have been with friends who drove themselves home even after they had been drinking alcohol. Would you be willing to admit to these behaviors yourself?

Practically every driver in Hawaii and beyond engages in a risky behavior now and then, but some are habitually reckless, placing you and your loved ones in danger anytime you hit the road. A recent study shows a vast disconnect between what drivers know they should or should not be doing and how they really behave when they drive.

No pedestrians died in Hawaii car accidents this past Halloween

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Oct. 31 is one of the three days every year on which the most injuries and fatalities are reported in auto-pedestrian accidents. Fortunately, the island's Department of Transportation reported that Halloween 2017 passed without any pedestrian fatalities or serious injuries caused by car accidents. Sadly, that is not true for the rest of the year.

HDOT's records indicate that 31 people have lost their lives in road accidents on Hawaii Island from the beginning of this year through Nov. 13. Twenty-eight fatalities occurred during the same period last year. Motor vehicle, scooter and bicycle accident fatalities have increased so far this year, but four fewer pedestrians were killed. The statistics cover accidents involving at least one motor vehicle that occurred on a public traffic way and resulted in a death within 30 days of the incident.

Auto accidents often prompt lengthy investigations

When a motorist is involved in a motor vehicle collision in Hawaii, there may be more questions than answers about who or what may have caused a particular incident to occur. This is why  many auto accidents often result in extensive police investigations. In fact, one such situation took place Waianae that still has traffic investigators searching for answers.

The accident occurred when two vehicles somehow crashed head-on. Although accidents like this are often caused by drunk drivers or those who have fallen asleep behind their wheels, a news report did not mention those as factors in this tragedy. The collision occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m., though few other details were reported.

Don't let car crash injuries that ruin your day ruin your life

Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of serious injuries in the United States. In fact, more than 5.6 million automobile accidents reportedly occurred back in 2012. Of them, more than 30,000 were fatal, whereas 1.6 million led to injuries.

Car crash injuries in Hawaii can differ from one crash to the next. However, some relatively common ones impact the neck, chest, back and head areas, along with other body parts.

Auto accidents: Ambulance shortage might have caused fatality

A 61-year-old cyclist died in Hawaii on a recent Thursday afternoon, and some suggest that he might have survived if not for a shortage of ambulance services. Auto accidents that involve collisions with bicycles often turn out to be tragic because cyclists have no protection. The prompt attention of paramedics is usually the only chance of saving the life of a victim.

According to a preliminary crash report by Hawaii police, the incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at an intersection near the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport. Authorities say a 41-year-old pickup truck driver was northbound when he attempted to turn toward the airport. However, he allegedly failed to yield to the oncoming cyclist who was heading south.

Premises liability myths that can be ignored

Those in Hawaii who have suffered injuries in slip-and-fall accidents that were caused by the negligence of property owners may have questions about their rights to seek recovery of damages. Some myths exist that might discourage injured victims from filing premises liability lawsuits. Any person who is injured on another person's property due to the negligence of the property owner or a tenant may be entitled to pursue claims for financial relief.

Some say that a sign to indicate a dangerous condition protects the property owner. However, this is not necessarily true, and although it might be harder to prove negligence, a warning sign does not bar an injured victim from filing a claim. He or she may also take photos that document evidence or dangerous conditions, and keep items such as clothes or shoes that might help to prove a claim for personal injuries.

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