Almost every person is a pedestrian at some point during the day. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents have risen dramatically in recent years in Hawaii. One reason for this increase could be that more and more people in Hawaii are buying and using automobiles to commute, causing overcrowded roadways. However, one thing is for certain, pedestrian safety has become a big concern across the state.
A man was recently killed while he was attempting to cross a roadway in Kalihi on the island of Oahu. According to reports, the man was crossing Likelike Highway at the intersection of Kula Kolea Drive. Police say a black Ford pickup truck traveling north on Likelike suddenly struck the man just before 11 p.m.
Tragically, the 38-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Unfortunately, police said there are no crosswalks in the area. In what has been a deadly year for pedestrians, this was the 27th pedestrian death already this year on Oahu compared to nine pedestrian fatalities at this time a year ago, according to records.
Unfortunately, this accident highlights an alarming trend in Hawaii. Pedestrian accidents are happening more and more. To help prevent these accidents, authorities have brought awareness to this disturbing trend and are urging drivers and pedestrians to always remain focused, alert and aware of their surroundings. Families in Hawaii who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident could benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable legal representative. By filing a lawsuit based on evidence of negligence of another party to a fatal accident, families could be awarded compensation to help with any monetary losses that may have occurred due to this difficult experience.