Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in America. According to recent statistics, a person is killed every 40 minutes by an impaired or intoxicated driver in the United States. Hawaii has stringent laws against drunk driving. Despite these laws, intoxicated driving remains a big problem on roadways across the state.
An alleged drunk driver was hit with serious charges after he allegedly struck and killed a man near Kealakekua. According to reports, the driver was traveling north and ran off the road. The driver allegedly struck a man near a condominium complex and killed him.
Police said the driver was arrested and hit with several serious charges, including a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Reportedly, the same driver was charged with a DUI just a few weeks prior to this crash. According to police, the first arrest and DUI charge came after the driver hit a parked car.
Obviously, alcohol and driving do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment and significantly delays reaction time, making driving extremely difficult and car accidents almost inevitable. Those who drive while intoxicated endanger the lives of all those around them. Those in Hawaii who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one from an accident with a drunk driver may be able to take legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in a significant award to help with medical expenses and other monetary losses.