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Pedestrian accidents: Driver flees the scene of deadly accident

The weather in Hawaii is warm and wonderful year-round, and to take advantage of the great climate, many people choose walking as their main form of transportation. Foot traffic has greatly increased in and around the city of Honolulu especially. It is a fact that accidents will happen when pedestrians and vehicles are in close proximity. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents have plagued the state of Hawaii in recent years. Any accident involving a pedestrian has a greater chance of being fatal.

Recently in Honolulu, a motorist fled the scene of an accident that killed a pedestrian. The accident happened on Makani Road during the evening hours. According to reports, a pedestrian who was walking along the shoulder of the road was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound.

Car accidents: Lawmakers want tougher laws to fight drunk driving

Despite increased police presence and numerous public awareness campaigns, drunk drivers continue to plague roadways across Hawaii. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous and senseless things that motorists can do, causing more and more deadly car accidents every year. Lawmakers in Hawaii are calling for new, more stringent laws against drunk driving in light of a recent deadly crash that killed three people.

In what was one of the most deadly crashes in recent memory in Hawaii, an intoxicated driver slammed into several pedestrians, killing three. Hawaii lawmakers say they will push for tougher legislation to combat the troubling increase in drunk driving crashes. One state representative says he plans to introduce a bill that will make it illegal for anyone who has been convicted of DUI to publicly consume or purchase alcohol for three years.

Slip-and-fall accidents could lead to a premises liability claim

Those who call Hawaii home are privileged to have an abundance of stores and business that provide residents with a variety of choices when shopping for food, clothing or other needs. Thanks to premises liability laws, business and property owners are obligated to provide a safe shopping environment for all visitors. These laws state that any hazards must be repaired or removed. It is requirement that warnings are posted to make customers aware of potential hazards. Unfortunately, not all business owners adhere to these laws.

A woman in another state filed a lawsuit against the owners of a supermarket after she allegedly fell and suffered injuries in their store. According to claims, the woman was shopping in the store and encountered water on the floor. The woman claims the water caused her to slip and fall.

Car accidents: Tragic Honolulu crash the result of drunk driving

Unfortunately, driving while under the influence of alcohol continues to be a big problem across the state of Hawaii. Although its widely known that drunk driving can cause deadly car accidents, drivers still choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, endangering themselves and all others around them. A recent horrific crash in Honolulu may have been caused by drunk driving.

The crash happened at a crowded and busy intersection during the early evening hours. Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck veered across three lanes of traffic and slammed into the intersection. According to reports, the truck went through a median and knocked over a light pole where pedestrians and a bicyclist were waiting to cross the street.

Drunk driving: Why should you pay for someone else's negligence?

Hawaii is no different from other states when it comes to highway dangers. Anything from inclement road conditions to someone driving at excessive speeds can place you at risk for injury if a collision occurs. Drunk drivers often plague the roadways in this state, as well, often causing serious injury to those unfortunate enough to share the road with them.

If you know how to recognize the signs of possible driver impairment, you may be able to safely react in time to avoid disaster. That's not always the case, however, for even if you notice a particular driver's behavior as erratic, there may be little to nothing you can do to avoid a crash. That's why it's also good to know what steps to take following a motor vehicle accident to achieve as full a recovery as possible.

Pedestrian accidents are occurring at an alarming rate

Although there are more drivers than ever before in Hawaii, most people still travel by foot. Unfortunately, Hawaii has recently been marred by numerous deadly pedestrian accidents. The high number of vehicles sharing roadways could be a reason for the increased numbers of crashes involving pedestrians. Unfortunately, any accident involving a pedestrian is more likely to be fatal.

A recent accident in Maili claimed the life of one pedestrian and seriously injured another. The accident happened on Farrington Highway at the Linakola Street intersection during the evening hours. According to reports, a man and a woman were attempting to cross the intersection when they were suddenly struck by a westbound Pontiac sedan.

Car accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury

Motorists in Hawaii are always at risk when traveling on crowded roadways across the state. To mitigate some of this risk, drivers should always stay alert, pay attention to surroundings and practice defensive driving habits. However, it is likely that all drivers will be involved an accident at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States.

A recent crash in Kauai resulted in injuries to two people and a driver possibly facing charges. The crash happened during the nighttime hours on Kuhio Highway. According to reports, a car headed southbound attempted to make a left turn across the highway. Reports said the driver of the car turned into the path of an oncoming pickup truck, causing a collision.

How do I prove who was responsible for my slip-and-fall accident?

Few people in Hawaii take fall injuries as seriously as they should, but you know just how devastating they can be. You might have suffered sprains, broken bones or even a head injury because of your recent accident. Like many victims, you may need help navigating the aftermath of your slip-and-fall accident.

Compensation for your injuries could be essential to your recovery. You probably have medical bills piling up, and if you had to take time off work, then that loss of income is only compounding your problems. A successfully pursued premises liability suit can help you recover necessary compensation, but you will have to prove that someone else was at fault.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of crashes in Hawaii and across the United States. Drivers these days face an abundance of distractions like cellphones and other gadgets that can take focus off of the road. According to statistics, about 25 percent of all fatal car accidents are the result of distracted driving. Alarming statistics such as this explain why police forces around the country are cracking down on distracted drivers.

A fatal crash in Kauai that killed one man and injured another may have been caused by distracted driving. The accident happened during the morning hours on Kaumauli Highway. According to reports, a pickup truck was traveling west on the highway and crossed the centerline. Reportedly, the pickup truck collided head-on with an oncoming flatbed truck.

New law aims to reduce motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are very popular in Hawaii, and rightfully so. Not only are motorcycles cost-efficient and easier to maintain, they are also a fun way to explore the beautiful landscapes that the state of Hawaii is so famous for. However, traveling by motorcycle is not without added risk, especially now that roadways are often very crowded. Motorcycle accidents have been increasing every year. In an effort to increase safety, a new law was recently passed that may prove beneficial to motorcyclists.

The new law, which went into effect at the start of 2019, allows motorcyclists to ride on the shoulder of some roadways. Advocates of the new legislation say that being allowed to utilize the shoulder of the road can save motorcyclists from being stuck in heavy traffic, which can present significant risks to motorcyclists. In heavy traffic, motorcycles are more likely to be crowded in by larger passenger vehicles. Also, most motorcycles are air-cooled, so being stuck in traffic could cause them to overheat. 

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