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September 2014 Archives

Hawaii fatal car accidents -- woman is 18th victim in 2014

By late September of last year, the number of people who lost their lives on the roadways of Hawaii's second largest island was 11.  This year, the number of people who have died in car accidents is already at 18.  That number includes a woman who lost her life in a recent one-vehicle crash.

Joan Rivers death may result in medical malpractice lawsuit

Joan Rivers has been an American icon for many decades. This is why so many people in Hawaii were shocked to hear of her sudden death. The celebrity died after undergoing what was supposed to be a routine procedure. However, instead River's death may now lead to a potential medical malpractice lawsuit.

Medical malpractice suit focuses on diagnosis timing

When an individual seeks medical care, he or she is placing a great deal of trust in the physicians chosen. Most Hawaii residents lack the specialized medical training that is required to properly diagnose a medical problem and create a treatment plan, which is why those tasks are turned over to the professionals. However, gaining a proper and timely diagnosis is not guaranteed, as one recent medical malpractice suit demonstrates.

Defective products can lead to serious injury or death

A number of accidents that occur can actually be tied to unsafe products. These seemingly defective products can be found just about anywhere, including at home, on the road and at work. Residents of Hawaii who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident may have multiple claims that they can apply toward their case, including a products liability claim.

Hawaii car accidents can lead to wrongful death lawsuits

Most people are aware of their mortality. However, that cognitive awareness is different from fully understanding the reality. In some cases, a simple act that a person has performed hundreds of times in his or her life can ultimately lead to an unexpected death. For example, many people are killed in car accidents as they travel a route that they have traveled many times previously. Unfortunately, one woman in Hawaii was killed after she opened a gate.

When car accidents affect pedestrians, results can be dire

There are a number of dangers that accompany the decision to drive on Hawaii roadways. For those who are on or near the road outside of a motor vehicle, those dangers are exponentially multiplied. In car accidents involving a vehicle and an individual who is walking, riding a bicycle or otherwise unprotected by an enclosed vehicle, there can be little doubt as to which party will suffer the brunt of damage and injuries.

Pedestrian car accidents can lead to jail time

When a Hawaii driver gets behind the wheel, he or she assumes a wide range of responsibilities to those with whom the road is shared. Drivers must ensure that their vehicle is in proper operating condition. They are required to drive only while in good physical condition, including refraining from driving while impaired or exhausted. Drivers must follow the rules of the road and make good choices while operating their vehicles, in an effort to avoid car accidents that can bring harm to all involved.

Car accidents litigated within civil and criminal court in Hawai

When a car accident causes injury, the person who is liable for causing the crash can be subject to two types of legal penalties. One penalty is based upon violation of a criminal law while the other deals with civil penalties which come from the victim or the family of the victim suing the party who they believe to be at fault. Those looking to sue as a result of car accidents should pay close attention to the criminal trial, since much of the evidence and testimony can also be used in a personal injury lawsuit filed in civil court in Hawaii.