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Premises liability claim filed after pothole causes a fall

It goes without saying that walkways and other property that have fallen under disrepair can be incredibly dangerous and may cause injuries to unsuspecting visitors. Premises liability laws in Hawaii say that owners of public property have a legal obligation to remove hazards and repair neglected or damaged property for the safety of visitors and customers. Also, if hazardous conditions are present, property owners must provide warnings, such as signs alerting patrons to the potential dangers. Unfortunately, hazardous conditions on public property injure thousands each year.

A man in another state filed a lawsuit after he allegedly fell over a pothole and was injured. The man was walking across the property of an apartment complex when he encountered the hole. Allegedly, the pothole caused the man to trip and fall.

Car accidents: Police continue the fight against drunk driving

It is common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Unfortunately, thousands of people every year choose to drive while intoxicated despite the risks. Too many people die every year in Hawaii and across the country in car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. According to recent statistics, over 37,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2017.

Police forces across Hawaii Island recently completed a week-long initiative to combat drunk driving. Police say they arrested a total of 16 people on suspicion of drunk driving during the crackdown. According to reports, Kona police officers nabbed seven suspected drunk drivers, South Kohala officers arrested four drivers and South Hilo law enforcement officers arrested three.

Car accidents: Fiery Honolulu crash makes headlines

It goes without saying that roadways in Hawaii are dangerous. Motorists never know what they may encounter as they travel these days. Unfortunately, not every driver is as focused and attentive behind the wheel as they should be. Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, but one thing is for certain, crashes are happening more frequently across the state.

A fiery crash that injured two people and left one dead in Honolulu recently made headlines. The crash happened at the intersection of Pensacola Street and South King Street. According to police reports, a sedan traveling south on Pensacola Street at a high rate of speed ran a red light and was broadsided by van headed east on South King.

Woman files premises liability claim against Walmart

Hawaii is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. People from across the globe flock to this tropical paradise to enjoy the pristine beaches and amazing natural beauty. Hawaii is also home to first-class shopping and dining. All who visit these establishments are protected by premises liability laws. Despite these laws, too many people are injured every year in Hawaii due to hazardous conditions in public places.

A woman in another state has filed a lawsuit after she allegedly fell and suffered injuries while she was visiting a Walmart store. According to the lawsuit, the woman was shopping in the store and encountered a liquid that had been left on the floor. Allegedly, the liquid substance caused the woman to slip and fall, suffering injuries.

Pedestrian accidents: Man struck on his own property

Unfortunately, Hawaii is near the top of the list of states with the highest number of accidents involving pedestrians. Walking is the main form of transportation for many Hawaii residents, so there are literally pedestrians everywhere these days. The rise in foot traffic has coincided with a dramatic rise in vehicular traffic, and one result is more pedestrian accidents.  Recently, a 64-year-old pedestrian was severely injured when he was hit by a vehicle on his own property.

The accident happened in Hawaii Kai on Lunalilo Home Road during the evening hours. According to reports, a multipurpose vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy was heading north and, for unknown reasons, suddenly left the roadway. Reportedly, the vehicle veered into the man's property and crashed into a rock wall.

Motorcycle accidents: Woman arrested after fleeing crash scene

Motorcycles are a fun way to travel. The year-round warm temperatures in Hawaii make this a great state for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents have been increasing. These types of accidents often result in death. A woman in Kailua-Kona was recently arrested and charged in connection with a motorcycle crash that killed a man.

The crash happened on Highway 11 during the evening hours. Reportedly, the victim and his son were riding their motorcycles north to Kona after recently moving to the area. The son said that he noticed his father was no longer riding behind him, so he pulled over. He said he saw a sedan drive by that had front-end damage and was smoking.

Are your symptoms a sign of traumatic brain injury?

When you travel by motor vehicle or as a pedestrian in Hawaii, you're at risk for injury. In fact, in high-traffic areas, your risk for collision increases, as well as in certain other situations, such as when navigating intersections or crosswalks. However, you are not responsible for the decisions and behaviors of other travelers. If a driver is negligent, you might suffer temporary or permanent disability due to injuries that result from a collision.

Not every injury is immediately apparent. You might feel a bit sore or suffer numerous scrapes, bruises or lacerations, but otherwise feel okay in the near aftermath of a car accident. Hours, days or even weeks later, you might develop symptoms that suggest you suffered a far more serious injury than you thought, perhaps a traumatic brain injury. It's critical to know how to recognize signs of a TBI and also to know where to seek support if your post-accident health condition declines.

Car accidents: Crash involving tractor-trailer injures several

Tractor-trailers, although not as prevalent in Hawaii as in the continental United States, are an economical and convenient way to transport goods and services. However, these huge commercial vehicles present a unique danger to those in smaller passenger vehicles. Due to their massive size, car accidents involving tractor-trailers often end in serious injury or death. A crash on the Big Island involved a tractor-trailer and ended with four people suffering injuries.

The crash happened in Kailua-Kona on Queen Kaahumanu Highway during the morning commute. Three vehicles were involved in the accident. According to reports, a Jeep pulled out from Kaupulehu Drive and into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer.

Woman files premises liability claim after falling down stairs

Those who visit public establishments in Hawaii should not have to fear for their safety while shopping or enjoying themselves. Premises liability laws in Hawaii say that business and property owners are responsible for the safety and protection of customers. Parking lots and other outside property also fall under the jurisdiction of these laws. Things such as inadequate lighting, water leaks and property that has fallen under disrepair can create a dangerous environment capable of injuring visitors.

A couple in another state filed a lawsuit against a resort, alleging that dangerous conditions cause a woman to suffer injuries. According to the lawsuit, the resort offered a shuttle service to transport visitors from the resort's restaurant back to the lodging area. The woman said she exited the restaurant area to board the shuttle and was walking down a brick staircase.

The hazards of nighttime driving

Driving at night poses many hazards to you and other drivers. The lack of light limits vision, and a number of other factors could put you at risk of an accident whether those factors directly affect you, your vehicle or another driver.

Because you want to remain safe any time you are on the road, you know that you need to adjust the way in which you drive at night from how you drive during daylight hours. Of course, you may not have thought of every way in which nighttime driving could affect you or the way you drive.

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