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June 2013 Archives

Golf course liability: Don't get teed off when you tee off

With 40 golf courses, Oahu offers many opportunities for residents of Honolulu to get out and shoot a round of golf. And while there can be few more enjoyable ways to spend your day than on a public or private golf course on the island. However, you should keep in mind a few safety tips to avoid the need to consult with an attorney instead of your caddy.

Fireworks: not the only thing to worry about on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is a big holiday, with many people having the day off, or as part of a multiday holiday. Because the kids are out of school, many people go on vacation that week and if nothing else, they may go to a picnic, parade or fireworks. With all of that celebrating, eating and drinking, it is good to take a moment to note one other aspect of the Fourth of July: it is the deadliest holiday of the year for drivers.

Distracted walking the latest distraction

Distracted driving has been recognized as a significant problem. Cellphones and other electronic devices have become so commonplace that many people probably fail to recognize that they are using them while driving. Activities like sending a text while driving have been shown by some studies to be similar to driving with your eyes closed for 4 to 6 seconds. Hence a growing outcry, and developments like the creation by the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Distraction.gov," devoted to raising awareness of the issue.

Pickup crash hoped to raise awareness of risk

A terrible crash that killed one passenger and injured four when a pickup truck lost control, crashed and caught fire near Makau cave, is causing a debate on whether people should be allowed to ride in the bed  of a pickup truck. The motor vehicle accident involved 16 teens riding in a single pickup truck. Five passengers were in the bed of the vehicle when it crashed and some were ejected from the vehicle.

Hands-free cellphones may not be safer

Ah, unintended consequences. We sometimes like to think that if there is a problem, there must be a solution. And sometimes we find that our solutions may, in the end, become worse than the problem that they were engineered to solve. Distracted driving is a major problem. Distraction and inattention while driving the winding and congested roads of Hawaii can make for deadly car accidents.

40 percent of designated drivers have been drinking in study

For years, the suggestion for people who are planning on going out and having a few drinks at a restaurant, bar or friend's house has been to assign a person to be the "designated driver." It seems like such a sensible idea, to have one person along who does not drink any alcohol, remains stone cold sober and can drive the rest of the revelers home. Perhaps it is a little too sensible for the average group planning a night out in Honolulu or anywhere.

When they make mistakes, doctors need to learn how to apologize

Doctors are held in high esteem. They undergo years of schooling and training, and they take care of us when we are sick or injured. The best carry an aura of omniscience combined with compassion. But doctors are human, are not infallible and sometimes cause harm to patients. This is medical malpractice.

Moped, motorcycle collision ends with deadly results on Honolulu

The Hawaiian Islands are a place made for motorcycles and mopeds. The laid back island atmosphere, winding roads and perpetually beautiful weather makes it the perfect spot to ride on a two-wheel vehicle in the open air -- something that tourists and residents alike take advantage of. It might be the perfect place to ride the vehicles, but it doesn't take away from the fact that deadly results can occur when someone isn't paying attention.

Texting should increase your insurance costs

Insurance policies are contracts. One of the fictions the law assumes is that contracts are "bargained for" agreements. Of course, everyone knows there is no bargaining in an insurance contract, unless you are a multi-billion dollar corporation yourself. You accept the terms "as is" or you do not do business with that insurance company.