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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A 70-year-old Uber driver was one of four people who died in a recent crash in Hawaii. The company expressed condolences for his family and the families of the other victims who lost their lives, saying that no family deserves such devastating news of fatal auto accidents. Reportedly, the deceased driver had worked for Uber for approximately two years.
During recent patrols and roadblocks, a significant number of drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants. Hawaii Island police reported that 25 motorists were taken into custody between Sept. 18 and Sept. 24, four of which were involved in auto accidents. Furthermore, three of the arrested drivers were younger than 21 years old.
Some parents in Hawaii Island are unhappy about the manner in which two school bus drivers handled the situation when they collided. When auto accidents occur, and there is any possibility of injuries, one would expect the drivers to alert authorities. However, when two buses that belong to the same company recently crashed, the drivers did not even advise the school of the accident.
A fatality on Aug. 24 marked the 24th vehicle-related death in Hawaii so far this year -- excluding four fatal crashes that occurred on non-public roads. At the same time last year, auto accidents had claimed the lives of 15 motorists. This latest accident involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle.
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.