By this time last year, 15 motorists had lost their lives on roads on the Hawaii islands. A recent death in Kailua-Kona brought the fatalities from auto accidents so far this year to 23. The Hawaii Police Department reported that an investigation into an alleged negligent homicide is underway.
Property owners in Honolulu and other areas in Hawaii have a duty to protect the safety of the public in and around their premises. Tourists and residents are entitled to pursue premises liability lawsuits if they should suffer harm due to the negligence of a property owner. It would only be natural for you to expect public areas to be safe, but potential safety hazards could be anywhere -- often where you would least expect them.
Officials in the Hawaii Tourism Authority say the concern is growing about the saturation of vehicles on certain roads to popular destinations along the North Shore. Their records indicate that five million visitors came to Oahu in 2016. Many of the visitors travel to hot spots on the North Shore such as Laniakea Beach, where the failure to upgrade local roads causes significant threats of auto accidents.
Many Oahu residents may have had their eye on a scooter or moped for some time. Now that you have one of your own, you likely cannot wait to hit the open road and feel the thrill of the ride. Whether this outing will act as a new experience or you have been out several times, you certainly want to ensure that you remain safe while on the road.
Being trapped in an elevator is likely one of the subconscious fears of many people. Tourists or residents of Hawaii may wonder about the safety regulations related to elevators in multi-story buildings. While cities may have different codes, most will require elevators to have alert systems operational for emergencies that may include a switch to activate an alarm along with an intercom or phone system. Further requirements may include connecting the alarm to the building management, police or fire department.
Property owners and managers in Hawaii must ensure that the public will be safe inside and outside the buildings they manage or own. To avoid premises liability lawsuits, they must develop effective programs to control safety exposure. Landlords and tenants of commercial properties must inspect premises regularly to identify situations and circumstances that can threaten the safety of the public, and then address those issues appropriately.
In the past two decades, the number of prescriptions for opioids has increased sevenfold. In fact, the latest statistics show that about 300 million people are taking prescriptions drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. Perhaps even more frightening than this is the thought that many of those taking such medications may be driving on the same highways and streets that you travel every day.
On July 14, a fire broke out on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo high-rise building in Honolulu. Three people lost their lives in the blaze, and several others suffered injuries while dozens were evacuated. Reportedly, some residents who were fortunate enough to escape were unaware of the danger until they checked to see what caused the commotion. This was because the building lacked audible fire alarms, a fact that may lead to premises liability lawsuits.
The actions of other individuals can often put you at risk of suffering serious harm. One of the most common situations in which you may get hurt due to someone else involves car accidents. If you have suffered severe injuries in a car crash, you may wish to seek compensation for your injuries. While you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may want to help bolster your case by understanding what type of liability the other driver may face for the incident.