This has been a tragic and deadly year so far for pedestrians in Hawaii. To provide some context, pedestrian fatalities in Hawaii are up over 500 percent this year versus last year, according to recent statistics. What could be causing this dramatic rise in pedestrian accidents? Increased vehicular traffic as well as inattentive behavior are two primary causes. Regardless of the cause, a high percentage of accidents involving pedestrians prove to be fatal.
A recent accident in North Kona claimed the life of a 70-year-old pedestrian. The accident occurred during the evening hours on Ane Keohokalole Highway. According to reports, the pedestrian was walking near the southbound lane of the highway when he was suddenly struck by a southbound pickup truck.
Authorities said the pedestrian was critically injured and rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he later died. Reportedly, the driver of the pickup truck was not injured. Police say the accident is still under investigation and are seeking witnesses to the crash. Alcohol or speed were not believed to be factors in the crash, police said.
Officials and law enforcement departments across Hawaii are working tirelessly to reduce accidents involving pedestrians. Installing raised and high-visibility crosswalks, reducing speed limits and increasing public awareness through education are just some of the steps being taken to help reduce accidents. Families who have suffered the loss of loved ones due to negligence in pedestrian accidents could benefit by seeking the services of a legal representative. A successfully litigated claim may result in a substantial monetary award to provide crucial financial stability for struggling families.