Hawaii is known as one of the most popular tourist attractions of the world. Busy streets and frequent travelers can add to a risk for car accidents. When such circumstances result in personal injury or death, victims or families of deceased victims sometimes choose to seek justice in court.
At a recent sentencing hearing, a 33-year-old man was told he will spend 15 years in prison for his role in a collision that killed two people and injured several others in 2012. Some of those injured were riding a van that was transporting nursery workers back to their homes after a job in Waikoloa. The man’s vehicle crashed into the van as he attempted to pass it on the road.
Upon impact in the tragic crash, the van is said to have plunged down a 15-foot embankment. Reports indicate that the man’s blood alcohol content registered just under the legal intoxication level. Among the charges to which he recently pleaded no contest are first-degree negligent homicide, first-degree negligent injury and second-degree negligent injury.
Those in Hawaii who suffer injuries in car accidents deemed to have been caused by the negligence of others, as well as those who suffer the untimely deaths of loved ones in similar circumstances, can seek justice through the legal system by filing personal injury or wrongful death claims in court. An attorney with experience in motor vehicle claims would be able to offer guidance concerning the amount of damages potentially applicable in an individual case. Such information is available by contacting an attorney in the area to schedule a consultation.
Source: westhawaiitoday.com, “Man sentenced in fatal Hamakua crash”, John Burnett, Nov. 24, 2015