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Auto accidents already claimed 4 Honolulu lives this January

Honolulu police reported that a crash on the island of Oahu on Jan. 9 was the fourth traffic fatality in 2018, compared to only one in the first nine days of 2017. Law enforcement reported that alcohol and speed are suspected to have been involved in this crash. Sadly, this was one of those auto accidents in which an alleged drunk driver caused the death of a passenger.

According to an accident report, a 27-year-old pickup truck driver and two passengers were eastbound on a Hauula road shortly before 4:30 a.m. It is suspected that the driver lost control of the vehicle on a curve in the road. The pickup truck careened off the roadway and smashed into a tree before it rolled over.

Bicycle safety is essential to avoid serious personal injury

Residents and tourists in Hawaii are always at risk on the busy highways, especially those who choose to explore the island by bicycle. Personal injury risks are significantly higher for cyclists who have hardly any protection from the impact of a crash with an automobile. For that reason, taking note of a few safety tips may be wise.

Bicycles are considered as vehicles, and cyclists must comply with the same rules and laws that apply to vehicle operators. Cyclists have to obey road markings, stop signs and traffic lights, and they must avoid riding against the flow of traffic. Riding in the bike lane, or the right-hand lane, is the safest, and using the appropriate hand signals to indicate intended turns or lane changes may avoid being knocked over by a car.

Auto accidents: Driver flees after fatal crash into bus stop

Losing loved ones in crashes in the days leading up to Christmas makes such tragedies even more traumatic for most people. One of the auto accidents in Hawaii during this festive period claimed the life of one person and left another one severely injured. It also led to the arrest of two people.

On the Thursday before Christmas, a couple from another state was sitting at a bus stop when a car careened across the center of the road and crashed into them. A 61-year-old man died at the crash scene, and a 55-year-old woman suffered serious injuries. The driver of the car, a 36-year-old woman, allegedly fled the accident scene. A 34-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle remained at the scene.

Don't let a car crash turn your dream vacation into a nightmare

You've scrimped and saved and patiently planned, and it's finally here! Time for your dream vacation to Hawai'i! You've packed your bags, purchased your plane tickets and you've got your travel guide handy; but is there something you're forgetting?

Nothing can ruin your trip to Hawai'i like a serious car wreck. While many of the tenets of responsible driving -- wear your seat belt, don't drink and drive -- are common sense tips that apply anywhere and anytime, there are some traffic safety guidelines that are particular to Hawai'i. So how can you keep you and your loved ones safe on your island trip?

Premises liability claim may follow 6-story fall in Maui

Property owners in Hawaii are responsible for ensuring visitors or tenants in their buildings are not exposed to known hazards. This does not only apply to commercial premises at which spills on the floors and potholes in parking lots can cause slip or trip-and-fall accidents but also to condo and apartment complexes. Multistory residential buildings require specific protection to prevent residents from falling off balconies or through windows.

Such protection might have been absent or in bad repair in a sixth-floor condo from which a 13-year-old girl fell on a recent Sunday morning. Reportedly, the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 in a condominium complex in Maui. It is unclear what caused the girl to fall.

Hawaii man accused of causing 2 DUI auto accidents in 2 days

According to authorities, the number of arrests for drunk driving in Hawaii so far this year exceeds 1,000. A police spokesperson says penalties for DUI-related auto accidents seem to be inadequate to deter drivers from drinking and driving. A recent arrest of a man who struck a pedestrian on Dec. 1 underscores this theory.

According to an arrest report, the 68-year-old man struck a 51-year-old tourist in front of a condo complex when the driver failed to maintain control of his vehicle. The pedestrian suffered critical injuries, and he was rushed to a hospital from where he was later airlifted to another medical center. Reportedly, he remains in a critical condition. The driver is accused of being drunk at the time of the accident.

Auto accidents: Speeding suspected in crash that killed cyclist

Bicycle riders in Hawaii are incredibly vulnerable. This is often underscored by auto accidents that cause severe or fatal injuries to cyclists. So far this year, 32 people have lost their lives in traffic-related accidents on the island. This includes a fatal crash that happened in Hilo on a recent Wednesday.

According to a police report, emergency workers responded after receiving a call about a collision on Highway 19 shortly before 6 a.m. They arrived at the scene where a bicyclist had been struck by a sedan. Authorities say the car was northbound on the highway, and the man on the bicycle was riding on the road's shoulder and heading in the same direction when the vehicle struck him. The cyclist was transported to a hospital, but he did not survive.

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.

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