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.
Have you ever passed a driver who was looking down at a cell phone? Have you watched anyone drive through an intersection after the light had turned red? Maybe you have been with friends who drove themselves home even after they had been drinking alcohol. Would you be willing to admit to these behaviors yourself?
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.
Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of serious injuries in the United States. In fact, more than 5.6 million automobile accidents reportedly occurred back in 2012. Of them, more than 30,000 were fatal, whereas 1.6 million led to injuries.