No one expects to get hit by a car while they’re inside a building. But these types of pedestrian accidents happen more often than you think. Recent statistics show that on average, drivers hit buildings 60 times per day, killing as many as 500 people and injuring 4,000 more every year.
Driver error is one of the most common causes of indoor pedestrian accidents. The driver might hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes or put the car in drive rather than reverse. Age and intoxication are other contributing factors, but even things like parking lot design can play a role in these types of crashes.
The fact that many commercial buildings are located at high-traffic intersections also increases the risk of vehicle-into-building collisions (VIBCs). Many business owners like to have their buildings close to the street for the exposure, maximizing their visibility to customers.
Indoor pedestrian accidents can result in serious long-term injuries and expensive medical bills. If you’ve been injured in pedestrian accident on Oahu, you could have several legal options. An experienced Honolulu pedestrian accident lawyer at Recovery Law Center can review your case and discuss how to maximize your compensation in a free consultation.
Trying to puzzle out the Hawaii insurance and personal injury system is complicated even when you’re healthy and whole. Attorney Glenn Honda is a proven trial lawyer and has obtained top results for clients in and around Honolulu. Don’t wait to learn what he can do for you. Call or contact Recovery Law Center to arrange your case evaluation. There’s no charge unless we win for you.
Who Is Liable for Pedestrian Injury —The Driver or the Building Owner?
When a vehicle crashes into a commercial building, the fault will likely fall upon the negligent driver. Hawaii is a no-fault insurance state. That means that you would file a claim for any injuries against your own insurance company first. If your injuries exceed $5,000, you may also be able to sue the at-fault driver directly through a personal injury lawsuit.
Although it may seem strange, a business or property owner could potentially be held liable for the accident as well. If a dangerous condition on the premises caused a driver to strike the building, the owner or manager of the property could be subject to penalties for any injuries that result from a vehicle-into-building crash.
How Can Recovery Law Center Help Me?
At Recovery Law Center, we’re dedicated to helping you get back on your feet again if you’ve been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Honolulu. Pedestrians often suffer serious injuries when they are struck by another vehicle, and full and fair compensation can be the key to helping restore financial security and balance to your life.
As founder of Recovery Law Center, Attorney Glenn Honda has spent more than 25 years representing injured people throughout Honolulu. He can help you fight for compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and all other losses that you deserve. But there is a time limit to file these types of claims in Hawaii. Call or fill out our online contact form today to arrange your free consultation.