Congested Honolulu Streets Can Lead to Pedestrian Accidents
These days in Hawaii, pedestrian safety is a major concern. Honolulu, in particular, has seen a dramatic increase in pedestrian accidents in recent years. The city of Honolulu is in the midst of a population boom. This already popular tourist destination is now also home to thousands who have decided to move here to take advantage of the plentiful economic opportunities and the wonderful climate that provides year-round comfort. Unfortunately, the population increase has resulted in crowded streets that lead to more and more accidents.
A recent accident in Honolulu left a pedestrian in critical condition. The accident occurred at the intersection of Kanunu and Kaheka Streets just before noon. According to police reports, a woman was attempting to cross the intersection inside of a marked crosswalk when she was suddenly struck by a vehicle.
Reports said the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was turning onto Kanunu Street. The woman suffered head injuries and was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, authorities said. Reportedly, it had been raining so the roads were wet, but police say they do not suspect that drugs, alcohol or speeding were factors in the accident.
Since traffic congestion is a problem that often plagues Honolulu, many who visit and work here choose walking as a main source of transportation. Greater numbers of pedestrians combined with crowded streets is a recipe for pedestrian accidents. Those in Hawaii who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in an accident such as this can take legal action. Damages from a successful claim could alleviate financial burdens and replace lost wages.