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After a serious crash in Hawaii, what options do victims have?

Last weekend, a three-car pileup in Nanakuli left one person dead and five others -- including a child -- injured. According to the Traffic Division of the Honolulu Police Department, one driver is responsible for causing the car accident. A police lieutenant said that the driver crossed the center line, crashing head-on with another vehicle.

Car accidents like this one happen all the time. From an outsider's perspective, it is easy to glance at a news story like this one and move on. But for those involved, a car accident can be life-changing. Often a crash leaves victims with serious injuries that result in expensive medical bills that many people simply cannot afford. In the worst cases, like this one, families are left to mourn the loss of a loved one. But what options do car accident victims have?

When a car accident is caused by a driver who was negligent in some way -- such as crossing the center line of a road -- victims can seek compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit.

Similarly, family members who have lost a loved one in a car accident can seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Although the driver who has been accused of causing this recent crash has been charged with negligent homicide, a family can seek compensation even if the negligent driver never faces criminal charges.

When a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is successful, it can result in compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and other costs related to the accident. Additionally, many victims and their families find that a lawsuit provides reassurance that justice has been served.

Source: Star Advertiser, "1 dead, 5 hurt in car pileup in Nanakuli," March 16, 2014

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