Pedestrian deaths have risen sharply in recent years across Hawaii. Pedestrians typically utilize sidewalks very close to busy streets. With more and more vehicles on the road these days, pedestrian accidents become almost inevitable. Statistics say a pedestrian is killed every 90 minutes in the United States.
Recently, an accident claimed the life of a pedestrian in Maili. The accident happened during the overnight hours on Farrington Highway. According to police reports, the pedestrian was attempting to cross the highway and was suddenly struck by a white pickup truck. Authorities said the man was rushed to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Reportedly, the victim was then struck by an eastbound vehicle and also a westbound vehicle. Unfortunately, the driver of the white pickup fled the scene of the accident, while the drivers of the other two vehicles stopped to render aid, reports said. Police believe the pedestrian was likely in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. Police said this was the 53rd traffic fatality so far this year on Oahu.
Although great strides have been made for pedestrian safety, accidents still occur at an alarming rate. Despite increased awareness, this year has seen a higher number of pedestrian accidents across the state of Hawaii. Families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident such as this could benefit by seeking the advice of an experienced attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide substantial compensation to provide families relief from end-of-life expenses.