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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 61-year-old cyclist died in Hawaii on a recent Thursday afternoon, and some suggest that he might have survived if not for a shortage of ambulance services. Auto accidents that involve collisions with bicycles often turn out to be tragic because cyclists have no protection. The prompt attention of paramedics is usually the only chance of saving the life of a victim.
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.