For one of the top tourist destinations in the world, statistics show that Honolulu can be a surprisingly dangerous place to walk. Despite the gorgeous beaches and relaxed atmosphere of the islands, pedestrian accidents are regular occurrences in Hawaii. In fact, the AARP ranks Hawaii as the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians 65 and older.
If you were injured or a loved one has been killed in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation for what occurred. Our firm has helped numerous clients successfully pursue personal injury cases, and we are ready to do the same for you. Reach out to the Hawaii pedestrian accident attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston to learn more.
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How Pedestrian Accidents Occur
The most popular urban areas of Hawaii, such as Honolulu, fill regularly with thousands of pedestrians. At the same time, numerous people are traveling through the streets in cars and trucks. These drivers may be frustrated at the congestion and the crowds, distracted by their phones, late for work, or intoxicated. Although the reason for a pedestrian accident can vary widely, one thing remains true: if you are hit by a negligent or careless driver, you have the right to pursue legal action.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Shooting the Gap: When an opening finally comes in the traffic, some drivers will accelerate rapidly to take advantage of the opportunity to get ahead of other vehicles. Any pedestrian unfortunate enough to step out into the driver’s path is placed at risk of serious injury.
- Speeding: The faster a car is traveling the longer it takes to stop. Pedestrians may not even realize a car is speeding, depending on the vantage point and other visibility factors.
- Distracted Driving: Drivers (especially teenagers) can be distracted by any number of things—phone calls, texting, surfing the internet. Whatever the reason, driving while distracted is irresponsible and dangerous, and is responsible for an unsettling number of accidents.
- Turning across Crosswalks: Many pedestrians are hit while crossing at designated crosswalks, particularly at stop lights with walk signals. Turning right or left, drivers can easily hit pedestrians who have the right of way.
- Badly Designed Intersections: A badly designed intersection puts numerous people and drivers at risk on a regular basis. Pedestrians and drivers expect every intersection to be safe if used correctly, but this is not always the case.
Where Do Most Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Hawaii?
When an area is used heavily by both pedestrians and automobiles, the likelihood of pedestrian accidents goes up significantly. Both Honolulu and Waikiki are hubs of tourism, for instance, which makes them hotspots for pedestrian accidents. But a pedestrian accident can happen anywhere in the state where cars and people come together. It only takes one mistake for someone to be seriously injured.
Proving Who Was Responsible
To win a pedestrian accident case, you need to prove that another party was at fault for what happened. Our firm has extensive experience in a variety of personal injury cases, which means we understand what it takes to establish fault following an accident. Whatever the circumstances of the accident, we can help you demonstrate to the court that the other party was responsible. Through investigation, witness testimony and sound arguments, we can make certain the court is clear on what happened to you.
There may also be several parties at fault in the accident beyond the individual driving the car. If the intersection is designed poorly or visibility is not properly maintained, the municipality may be at fault as well.
Let Our Law Firm Help You
It is important to keep in mind that if the courts in Honolulu believe that you as a pedestrian share any of the blame for the accident, the driver of the car may only have to pay part of your medical bills. Even if there is no fault on your part, the insurance company of the driver will usually only pay for your medical care, not for all of the additional costs associated with the accident—lost work, ongoing medical care, pain and suffering.
A successful pedestrian accident case will ensure that you get all the compensation you deserve, not just what the insurance company decides is fair. With proper compensation, you can take care of yourself and your family and move on with your life.
At Davis Levin Livingston, we want to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident, please contact us now to schedule a free consultation. We can quickly tell you what your legal options are and how to move forward with your case.
For a free consultation with a Hawaii pedestrian accident lawyer, call Davis Levin Livingston at (808) 740-0633 today.