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Fatalities in Maui auto accidents almost as many as last year

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.

According to an accident report, Maui police stated that this accident occurred on a stretch of highway where there is no hard median. They say a 52-year-old pickup truck driver was southbound on Honoapiilani Highway on a recent Saturday evening. For unknown reasons, he apparently veered across the center line and crashed into a sedan, which in turn struck another northbound pickup truck. The sedan was then rear-ended by a minivan.

Reportedly, the driver who crossed over the center did not survive the crash. The Uber driver in the sedan and two of his four passengers -- both 36 years old from California -- met the same tragic fate. The other two passengers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries of unknown severity. Police said the investigation is ongoing, but noted that the driver who crossed over had a record of violations for speeding and also drunk driving. They also mentioned that these deaths bring the total number of road accident fatalities so far this year to 11, which is only one less than last year at this time.

With respect to fatal auto accidents in general, the surviving family members of any deceased accident victims may pursue financial relief if there is any indication that the negligence of other parties was a causal factor. With the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, a lawsuit can be filed in a Hawaii civil court for recovery of economic and emotional damages. The lawyer can help with establishing negligence, which will be required before documented claims can be adjudicated for a monetary judgment.

Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, "Uber driver, passengers among 4 killed in Maui crash", Oct. 3, 2017

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