Hawaii’s Pedestrian Accident
Statistics Are Alarming?
In 2018, 44 pedestrians were killed in crashes in Hawaii, the highest number since 1990, according to the most current annual data from the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HIDOT).
Of those fatalities, 27 occurred on Oahu, continuing a trend that shows most pedestrian accidents happen here.
Statistics from HIDOT are not yet available for the entire year of 2019.
However, pedestrian traffic fatalities for the first half of the year stood at:
Pedestrian Accidents and
When a driver’s negligence results in a pedestrian’s death, the victim’s family members are entitled to compensation for the loss. This can be obtained through a successful wrongful death claim.
Only certain family members are eligible for wrongful death compensation in Hawaii.
A reciprocal beneficiary (e.g., domestic partnership arrangement)
Children of the deceased
The decedent’ parents
Other qualifying financial dependents
A wrongful death lawsuit from a fatal pedestrian accident case can help family members recover a variety of damages including but not limited to:
Funeral and burial expenses
The victim’s future earnings and benefits at their present value
Loss of consortium
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Common Injuries After a
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Soft tissue injuries
What to do if you are hit as a pedestrian
Call for emergency medical treatment right away
Your No. 1 concern after you are hit by a car should be your health and safety. Keep in mind that not all serious injuries are immediately apparent. Head injuries, for instance, may not show symptoms until days after the accident. This is why you need to seek medical treatment at the scene or visit an emergency room as soon as possible. Getting prompt medical treatment also links your injuries to the accident, creating a record that can prove valuable when filing a claim later on.
Call the police as soon as you can
If you are unable to do so, ask someone to call 911 for you. It’s critical that you have a police officer investigate the accident. A police report could prove to be essential evidence in obtaining the full compensation you are entitled to
Collect evidence from the accident scene
Take pictures of the crash site and your injuries. Write down the name of the driver, his/her contact information, and all insurance information. Also collect the contact information for any witnesses. Record the exact location of the accident and anything you recall about it.These pictures and notes can make a difference during the claims process.
Contact a knowledgeable Honolulu pedestrian accident attorney
At Recovery Law Center, we offer free consultations during which you can learn how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
Hurt on Foot on Oahu? Recovery Law Center Can Help
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Honolulu, you shouldn’t have to pay for medical expenses and lost wages if another driver is to blame. You need qualified and compassionate legal services. You need Recovery Law Center.
Over the last 25 years, Attorney Glenn Honda has recovered millions of dollars of compensation for injured clients in Hawaii, both during settlement negotiations and at trial. Put that experience to work for you right away. Contact us now to arrange your no-cost case review.