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Oahu Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you have been injured in an accident in Honolulu or anywhere throughout Hawaii, you should do the following as soon as the accident happens: First, you should call the Honolulu Police Department. Sometimes the person at fault will insist that it is not necessary to call the police and that they will simply pay you for your damages. In spite of their pleas, you should call the police anyways. It is extremely important that the police come to the scene of the accident and make a full report. Generally, the police won't be biased, so their report is a great way to get an unbiased opinion as to who is at fault. It is very helpful when there is a police report which backs up your side of the story.
Next, be sure to obtain the names and contact information of the at-fault driver as well as any possible witnesses to the vehicle accident. Occasionally the at-fault driver tries to change the story about how the accident actually happened, so it can be very helpful to have an unbiased witness to provide their statement of how the accident happened.
Although you may be tempted to be nice and not place all of the blame on the other driver, if he is truly the one at fault do not accept any of the blame.
Do not tell people at the scene that you are okay and not injured. Although you may not immediately feel any injuries, often injuries are not felt until the next day. It is usually a good idea to take the ambulance just to get checked out and make sure that you don't have any serious injuries. Keep in mind that muscle strains and sprains, such as whiplash, may take several days for the symptoms to manifest themselves.
The most important thing to understand about an injury case is just how imperative it is to get extensive medical treatment. The medical records in a Hawaii personal injury case are just as important as a smoking gun in a criminal case. Hawaii insurance adjusters tend to be very cynical and will not believe that you are hurt unless you have medical records to prove your injuries. It is particularly important to get treatment on the day of the accident and consistently for the first few weeks after the accident. Adjustors are always on the lookout for any "gaps in treatment". Whenever you don't get treatment for a period of time, they will assume that you have recovered from your injuries. Again, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get medical treatment early and often throughout your recovery.
One can't read the news in Hawaii without reading about a serious auto accident occurring almost every day. This page contains links to pages which review some of the recent auto accidents throughout Hawaii. The purpose of these pages is not just to inform our readers about these accidents, but to hopefully prevent future accidents from happening by pointing out what we think could have been done to avoid these collisions.
As Hawaii auto accident lawyers, you may think that we hope that car accidents will continue to occur so that we can stay in business; however, this is not the case. Just like a policeman hopes that there would be no more crime, a doctor hopes that there will be no more disease, and a fireman hopes that there would be no more fires, we also hope that there will be no more motor vehicle collisions. We truly hope that people in Hawaii will start driving more carefully so that fewer people's lives are disrupted, or in some cases, ruined, due to car accident injuries.
As a Honolulu car accident lawyer, I probably notice car accident articles in the local Hawaii news much more than the average resident of Hawaii. It seems like nearly every day there are serious car accidents in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii. There are probably even many more accidents each day which doesn't even appear in the local news. We receive many calls from potential clients each week and their accidents are rarely mentioned in the news.
On May 24, 2016, there was a serious car accident involving a school bus full of children. The collision occurred in Kaaawa, Oahu, when a bus with about 30 children collided into an SUV. Several of the children on the bus were taken by ambulance to the hospital. The driver of the SUV had to be extricated by emergency personnel. This vehicle collision has reignited the debate about whether Hawaii should spend the funds necessary to install seat belts on school buses.
From this accident, we learn how important it is to have sufficient insurance policy limits. At least three children were injured in this accident, but it could have been much worse. You always want to make sure that you have as high of an insurance policy limit as you can afford because the amount of injury and harm one can case in a car accident can be astronomical.
On May 20, 2016, a pedestrian was seriously injured new Ala Moana. The pedestrian was crossing a crosswalk on Sheridan Street when she was struck by a vehicle turning left from Rycroft Street. The pedestrian later died due to her injuries.
From this accident, we learn how important it is to keep a lookout for pedestrians. There are far too many pedestrians who are injured and killed by cars in Hawaii each year. Pedestrians are sometimes hard to notice, so it takes an extra amount of diligence to watch for them when driving through town.
On May 21, 2016, a driver of a motorcycle died due to an accident in Kula, Maui. The police investigation shows that the motorcycle rider was not able to complete the turn on a curved roadway which resulted in him crossing over the center of the road and colliding into a utility pole. The news report states that he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
From the accident, we learn how important it is to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, moped, or bicycle. We have had clients who have had serious head injuries because they weren't wearing a helmet. We've also had clients who only sustained minor injuries because they were wearing a helmet. Head injuries can completely alter the course of your life. Please always wear a helmet. Even if you think you are a very cautious rider, keep in mind that there are many drivers who aren't cautious and could cause you very serious injuries.
On May 27th, 2016, a driver on Oahu was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The official arrest charge is negligent homicide. Honolulu police state that he was apparently speeding when he collided into a fence and rolled the vehicle multiple times. His passenger passed away due to her injuries. This car accident involving a wrongful death took place in Laie, Oahu.
From this auto accident collision, we are reminded of how deadly it is to drive a vehicle while intoxicated. This accident did not involve any other vehicle. It occurred due to speeding and DUI which is a deadly combination.
Also, on May 27th, 2016, a driver was critically injured in a car accident in which the vehicle he was driving collided into a tree. This vehicle accident took place in Salt Lake, Oahu, Hawaii. The damage to the vehicle was so extensive that it took emergency personnel almost half an hour to extricate the injured driver from his car.
A pedestrian on the Big Island of Hawaii died due to an accident on May 27th, 2016. The pedestrian was dumping his garbage at a dumpster shoot when a vehicle ran into him and caused life-threatening injuries. The driver was apparently attempting to back up and did not see the pedestrian. The driver was arrested for negligent homicide and for DUI.
This accident appears to have been caused by inattention and DUI. We all know how dangerous it is to drive while intoxicated; however, we do have many clients who were injured simply due to the inattention by another driver. Inattentive driving seems to be getting more and more of a problem in Hawaii. Although most people deny that they caused an accident because they were distracted by a cell phone, it is probably a safe assumption that many accidents are the result of people driving while using their phone.
On May 29th, 2016, a passenger of an SUV died due to her injuries in a motor vehicle accident in which the SUV drove off of a cliff in Hana, Maui. The other passenger suffered critical injuries and was flown to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment. The vehicle fell about 200 feet.
The car accident in which the vehicle drove off a cliff in Hana is extremely tragic. Anyone who has driven on this road knows how dangerous it is. There are also many other very dangerous roads on Maui and throughout Hawaii. Windy roads near cliffs are to be expected on volcanic islands. It is unclear how this accident occurred. The most likely causes are speeding or inattention. Either of these causes is preventable. We all know that speeding is dangerous, but tragic accidents like this are good reminders that speeding can be deadly. Speeding is not worth the risk.
On June 20, 2016, a 77-year-old woman was injured when she was hit by a car in Makiki, Honolulu. The woman was a pedestrian and the driver of the car was a 22 year old. The collision occurred near the intersection of Hassinger Street and Piikoi Street. The woman suffered critical head and internal injuries. The Honolulu Police Department is investigating the accident and has indicated that the woman was not in a marked crosswalk. Even though she wasn't in a crosswalk, HPD is investigating the collision as a negligent injury crime.
Although many drivers think that they are not liable for an accident involving a pedestrian if the pedestrian is not a crosswalk, this is not the case. Drivers in Hawaii have a duty to avoid causing injuries to pedestrians whether they are on a crosswalk or not. There is a great potential for harm that a driver of a motor vehicle can cause to a pedestrian; therefore, drivers of motor vehicles in Hawaii should always do everything they can to avoid injuring pedestrians.
Ironically, the Honolulu Police Department announced on June 20, 2016, that they are stepping up efforts to cut down on pedestrian fatalities on Oahu. HPD is going to be stepping up their efforts throughout the summer to try to reduce pedestrian accidents. Police are going to give out flyers in an attempt to better educate the public. They are also going to issue more citations to drivers and pedestrians who do not follow the laws regarding pedestrian safety. The Honolulu Police Department's efforts are making it clear that both pedestrians and drivers need to work together to make Oahu a safer place for all.
Also, on Monday, June 20th, there was a head-on collision in Waialua. The accident left four people with serious injuries. The collision occurred on Wilikina Drive has one lane of traffic going each direction. As is often the case with head-on collisions, one or both of the vehicles most likely crossed over into the other car's lane of traffic. Head-on collisions are some of the most serious types of collisions due to the powerful impact involved when two vehicles, usually at a high rate of speed, collide into each other.
On June 19th, there was also a moped accident that caused serious injuries to a 58-year-old man. It has not been reported how the accident occurred; however, it is confirmed that the driver of the moped was not wearing a helmet.
We have helped many people who were injured in moped accidents. Almost always, the people who were wearing helmets suffered much less injury than those who were not wearing a helmet. We have helped people involved in very minor moped collisions but because they were not wearing a helmet they suffered serious, life-changing, head injuries. There is no doubt that wearing a helmet is the best way to help prevent serious injuries in a moped or motorcycle accident.
Our Honolulu car crash law firm is here to help you if you have been injured in a car crash in Honolulu. You can call us anytime for a free, no-obligation consultation. We never pressure anyone to hire us. We are simply here to answer any questions you may have. Then, if you want to hire us to represent you in your Honolulu injury case, we will do our best to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
On July 4, 2016, a woman was struck by a vehicle as she was crossing Farrington Highway in Nanakuli. At the time of the collision, it was unclear whether the woman was on a crosswalk on not. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
Certainly, the pedestrian should always try to follow the pedestrian laws; however, drivers also have a serious responsibility to watch out for people whether they are on crosswalks or not.
On July 2, 2016, a man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. The bicycle collision happened near the Keehi Boat Harbor.
It is not year clear how the accident happened; however, one this is certain is that drivers do not pay close enough attention to bicyclists on the road. Drivers of motor vehicles too often think they just have to watch out for other vehicles. This is not right. Drivers of cars should always do their best to watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
On July 2, 2016, a motorcycle rider died in an accident after failing to properly negotiate a turn on the H1 freeway off-ramp. This type of accident happens all too often in Hawaii. Most of these types of accidents are due to the motorcycle rider driving too fast; however, it has been found that there are many turns on Hawaii roads that do not adequately warn drivers of how sharp the turn in. Our Hawaii government should be more diligent in making sure that all the roads of Hawaii are safe.
On July 1st, 2016, there was a head-on collision in Waiahole which left two people dead. Authorities believe that speed and alcohol are factors in the collision. The initial investigation shows that the collision happened because a man in a pickup truck crossed into the lane of traffic of another vehicle while attempting to pass a vehicle.
Once again, we are reminded that drinking and driving can destroy people's lives.
On July 22, 2016, there was a serious motor vehicle accident on Kauai which injured six people and resulted in one death. The collision caused one vehicle to run into a pole resulting in one of the occupants being injured. The other vehicle involved in the collision drove off of a cliff. The front seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle had minor injuries and was later arrested for negligent homicide. The police reported that speed and alcohol may be factors in the collision.
If the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated than that would likely be the number one cause of the collision. If the driver was speeding, then that would also have been a major factor. The passenger who died at the scene was ejected from the vehicle, so most likely he was not wearing a seat belt. The takeaways from this collision should be: never drink and drive, don't speed, and always wear your seatbelt.
There was also a motorcycle accident in Waipio, Oahu, on July 22, 2016, which left a man in critical condition. News reports state that the rider lost control of his motorcycle swerved across three lanes of traffic and collided into a wall. Police are reporting that speed may be a factor; however, the rider was wearing a helmet.
Although we don't know exactly what happened in this accident, from news reports we can learn that although motorcycles can go very fast, excessive speed can be dangerous. The good thing is that he was wearing a helmet. It's possible that doing so saved his life.
On July 19th, 2016, the Hawaii Bicycling League gathered in order to bring awareness to pedestrian safety on Farrington Highway in Waianae, Hawaii. Thus far this year there have been six pedestrian deaths on Farrington Highway. The organization is installing bright flags for pedestrians to wave in order to cross three of the crosswalks on Farrington Highway that don't have lights.
This is a great service being done for our community. Pedestrian safety on the islands has always been a major concern. There are way too many pedestrian deaths and injuries each year in Hawaii. Drivers need to be much more aware of pedestrians. Although some pedestrians also should do a better job of obeying pedestrian safety rules, the drivers are in a position to cause serious injury or death to pedestrians so they have a great responsibility to watch out for pedestrians.
The Honolulu Police Department is also stepping up its efforts to make the streets of Hawaii safer for pedestrians. During a 9 day period this month, they issued 485 citations to pedestrians and 52 to drivers who did not follow the pedestrian safety regulations. It's great that they are focusing on pedestrian safety, but shouldn't there have been many more tickets for drivers? Only 10% of the tickets were to drivers, yet they are the ones in the position to cause serious injury or even death to the pedestrians. If pedestrians don't follow the rules they are risking their lives, but if drivers don't follow the rules sometimes they get off with a slap on the wrist. Plus, many drivers in Hawaii have the minimum insurance coverage of $20,000 which is rarely enough to compensate a pedestrian for serious injuries.
On July 14th, 2016, a Kauai County Bus collided into a vehicle which resulted in injuries to the three passengers of the vehicle. Two of the injured passengers were flown to The Queen's Medical Center on Oahu because they were in critical condition.
On July 28, 2016, a man died after he was hit by a motorcycle in Wailuku, Maui. The bike rider who hit the man was traveling eastbound on Kahawai Street in Maui when she failed to stop for a stop sign while turning right onto Market Street. The rider lost control of the bike which then crossed the road and threw the rider off of a bridge and into a river. The bike continued without a driver and ran into a man who was on the sidewalk.
First, we know from news reports that the driver did not stop for the stop sign. We all know that stop signs are there for a reason, which is to prevent accidents and injuries. It's possible that the rider was either under the influence of a substance or possibly just wasn't an experienced motorbike rider. Either way, it is clear that this is an unfortunate accident that could have easily been avoided.
On July 10th, 2016, a woman died after being involved in an auto accident on the Pali Highway near the Castle intersection. She was the passenger in a vehicle which was struck by another car. The investigation is still pending as to how the accident happened.
The woman who died was 93 years old; therefore, it is unclear to what extent her injuries from the accident contributed to her death. This situation brings to light a legal doctrine known as "eggshell skull". Basically, this means that the person who is wrong in the accident is responsible for all injuries caused by the accident, even if the person injured was in a fragile physical condition. We don't know all the facts of this accident, but the legal theory of "eggshell skull" will probably apply. In other words, the at-fault driver could be responsible for the death of this 93-year-old woman, even though she may have already been in a fragile physical condition before the accident. The fact of the matter is that she probably would not have died that day if it weren't for the driver who caused the collision.
On July 4, 2016, a woman died after she was struck by a motor vehicle while attempting to cross Farrington Highway in Waianae, Hawaii. Police reports indicate that the woman was not in a marked crosswalk.
Just because someone is not in a marked crosswalk does not mean that they can be struck and/or killed by a driver of a car. A recent case by the Hawaii Supreme Court addresses this situation in Samson v. Nahulu. The Court ruled that drivers owe a duty to exercise due care even if they have the right of way and even if the pedestrian is not following traffic laws. In other words, we need to be decent human beings. Just because a driver is following traffic laws does not mean that they should not do everything they can to avoid injuring someone who is not obeying the law. I refer to this court decision as to the "be a decent human being" decision. There is very little possibility that a pedestrian will cause injury to the driver; however, because the driver of a 5,000-pound chunk of metal has a great chance of causing serious injury, or even death, drivers should take their responsibility to not injure pedestrians very seriously.