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2-vehicle accident in Pepe'ekeo takes driver's life

Head-on collisions are some of the most violent on the road. To avoid such crashes in Hawaii, where the roads can be very curvy, drivers have to remain constantly alert.

A tragic head-on accident in Pepe'ekeo has taken a driver's life. According to initial reports, the driver of a car crossed the center line of traffic on Highway 19. The vehicle was reportedly northbound from Hilo when it collided with a flatbed truck in the southbound lane.

The driver of the truck reportedly did not suffer serious injuries, but the car driver, a 54-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center. An 82-year-old woman was also in the car, and she was taken to the hospital, as well, though her injuries did not appear to be serious.

As is common after fatal auto accidents, the driver of the truck was administered a blood test. However, police do not believe that drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Dealing with insurance companies after such an accident can be exceedingly complicated, as insurance providers tend to do what is in their power to minimize coverage for injured parties or their loved ones. Often the insurance companies have investigators on the scene while injured victims or their families are still trying to get through the emotional aftermath of the crash.

Individuals and families affected by an auto accident often need the help of a personal injury attorney to navigate the legal aspects of maximizing an insurance claim or filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are unsure of your options after a tragic accident, then you may want to seek legal counsel.

Source: KITV, "Driver dies in 2-car crash in Pepe'ekeo," Clayton Wakida, May 1, 2014

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