Despite Public Awareness, Pedestrian Accidents Continue to Rise
In recent years, pedestrian deaths have risen in Hawaii and across the United States. The word “pedestrian” brings to mind images of a person who only travels by foot. However, almost every person is a pedestrian at some point every day. Rising numbers of pedestrians combined with rising numbers of vehicles in Hawaii cities unfortunately equates to more pedestrian accidents. According to recent statistics, a pedestrian is killed every 90 minutes in a traffic crash on average in the United States.
A recent accident in Maui claimed the life of a 37 year-old pedestrian. The incident happened during the morning hours at a Kahului intersection. Police reports said an eastbound Ford van struck the pedestrian who was attempting to cross the intersection.
Sadly, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The driver of the van was reportedly uninjured. Police say it is not yet clear whether alcohol, drugs or speed were factors in the accident but investigations are ongoing. Tragically, this was the 11th traffic-related fatality in Maui County so far this year compared to only four at this time last year.
Police forces and officials are making efforts to bring public awareness to pedestrian safety across the state of Hawaii. Despite these efforts, pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in an accident such as this could benefit by seeking a legal representative. If negligence is proved, a lawsuit could end in a substantial monetary award to give families much-needed financial stability during this difficult time.