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The high rate of pedestrian accidents in Hawaii is troubling

Over the past few years, accidents involving pedestrians have skyrocketed in Hawaii. In fact, 2018 was the deadliest year on record for pedestrians across the state. A number of factors could be contributing to the spike in pedestrian accidents, such as increased traffic on roadways and greater numbers of distracted drivers. One thing is for certain -- something needs to be done to curb this disturbing trend.

Yet another pedestrian was killed in a recent accident in Maui. The accident happened on the Maui Veteran's Highway in Kahului during the morning hours. Reports said a woman was walking along the shoulder of the northbound lane when she was struck by a pickup truck headed the same direction.

Reportedly, the driver of the truck stopped to render aid to the pedestrian. The pedestrian, who was now in the road, was struck again by an SUV, according to reports. Authorities said the pedestrian died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the SUV fled the scene of the accident but was later located and arrested by police, reports said.

This tragic accident is just another example of a deadly trend that continues to plague Hawaii. A booming tourism industry combined with an ever-increasing population means Hawaii sees higher numbers of pedestrians than most states, further justifying a need for increased safety measures. Families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident could take action by seeking the services of a legal representative. A lawsuit, if successful, could result in rightful compensation to help families through this difficult experience.

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