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Some Hawaiian car accidents are alcohol-related

A community in Hawaii is grieving the loss of several of its young citizens after a recent tragedy. The tragic crash involved a single vehicle that was carrying four occupants. The collision resulted in more than one fatality and also several injured victims. Reports indicate that there have been 56 deaths in Oahu car accidents, thus far, in 2015.

Two young men had been with the occupants of the vehicle just a few moments before the crash. One said that they had been with their friends but had just said their good-byes because they had to be home earlier than the others. He was devastated to receive a phone call shortly after arriving home, informing him of the horrific accident involving his friends.

Police say that the investigation into the crash remains ongoing but that alcohol might be a leading factor in the tragedy. An 18-year-old young woman and a 16-year-old boy were killed in the accident. The vehicle went airborne before violently crashing into a ditch. The 19-year-old teen who was driving the car was taken to an area hospital for emergency care and listed in critical condition. One other passenger was also injured and received treatment.

In Hawaii, those injured in car accidents as a result of a motorist's negligence are able to seek financial redress by filing personal injury claims in civil courts. Compensation can be sought according to the various damages sustained. Monies awarded by the court in a successfully litigated case can be used to pay medical bills or help absorb other costs and damages incurred from the accident. In cases where a victim has died, his or her immediate family members may act on his or her behalf in court.

Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, "Teens Killed in Car Crash", Minna Sugimoto, Accessed on Aug. 26, 2015

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