Despite Public Awareness, Pedestrian Accidents Continue to Rise

Pedestrian Accident

According to The Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii, 23 percent of traffic fatalities in The Aloha State since 2000 have been pedestrians. This staggering statistic is much higher than the national average of 13 percent. News reports show Hawaii saw a record high of 44 pedestrian deaths in 2018. Though numbers declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preliminary data from the state Department of Transportation report 25 pedestrians died in 2021. That’s 25 people who never made it home to their families, friends, and loved ones.

Did you or someone you love get hit by a car while walking on Oahu? You could be entitled to significant compensation for your losses. A Honolulu pedestrian accident attorney at Recovery Law Center can help you pursue the money and justice you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Keep Happening?

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a problem for several reasons. Some of the most common causes of collisions include:

  • Inattention — Distracted driving is a serious problem in Hawaii. It only takes a few seconds of distraction to send a motorist straight into a pedestrian’s path.
  • Texting while walking — Drivers are not the only distracted road users. Pedestrians who text while walking are more likely to be injured in traffic-related crashes.
  • Intoxication — Alcohol use (both by drivers and pedestrians) contributes to many Hawaii pedestrian accidents.
  • Traffic congestion — The more vehicles on the road, the greater the risk of traffic collisions of all kinds.
  • More foot traffic — Walking is cheaper, healthier, and environmentally friendly. However, any place where cars and pedestrians meet is a dangerous one. Intersections, crosswalks, and work zones are hazardous for Hawaii pedestrians.

Where Do Crashes Involving Pedestrians Happen Most?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most pedestrian crashes occur in urban, non-intersection locations at night. Pedestrians can take steps to protect themselves by wearing visible clothing (including reflective gear at night), staying off cell phones near roadways, and using sidewalks and crosswalks when they are available.

What To Do if You Get Hit by a Car While Walking

Follow these steps if you are hit by a motorist while walking:

  • Call 911. If you need emergency treatment, go to the hospital. Get a copy of the police accident report once it is available.
  • Gather evidence: Take photos of your injuries and the scene of the accident if possible.
  • Talk to witnesses. Get the contact information of anyone who saw the collision.
  • Seek prompt medical care. Most insurance companies require you to be seen within three days of an accident.
  • Record your recovery in a journal. A daily diary describing your physical pain and emotional status can demonstrate how the accident impacted your life.
  • Stay off social media. A single post or photo could impact your claim, so it’s best to limit your online activities while your case is pending.
  • Consult an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer right away. An attorney can handle the logistics of your claim while you focus on your treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.

For over 25 years, the team at Recovery Law Center has successfully represented injured clients in Honolulu, Waipahu, and throughout Hawaii. We offer a personalized approach to clients’ cases, focusing on their individual stories and crafting strategic legal plans to support every claim.

There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by scheduling a free consultation. Call or contact us now to speak with a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer.

Author Glenn Honda

For over 25 years, attorney Glenn Honda has helped people injured in accidents throughout Hawai’i get the best outcome for their case, whether it’s maximizing their settlement, or balancing costs and risks vs. putting the whole experience behind them. As the founding attorney of the Recovery Law Center, he is passionate about helping his clients with their physical, emotional and financial recovery. Mr. Honda will fight to get you coverage for your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property and other costs related to your accident.