Various road conditions may contribute to motor vehicle collisions in Hawaii, especially those involving pedestrians. Car accidents occur for any number of reasons that may include driver negligence, inclement weather, or, as may have been the case in a recent incident, poor lighting along the road. When a fatality occurs, those grieving the loss of a loved one may be left with serious financial debt that they are unable to pay. However, the law protects those in such circumstances by allowing them to seek compensation for damages on behalf of a decedent.
Witnesses say that poor lighting along the road may have contributed to a recent tragedy involving a car that allegedly hit a woman who was crossing the street. The 45-year-old woman was apparently crossing the road just before 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday when a car struck her. A young woman who was a passenger in the vehicle and another person in the area reportedly tried to aid the victim before rescuers arrived.
The victim was transported to a nearby trauma center. Sadly, she later succumbed to her injuries. The 23-year-old man who was driving the car was said to have been quite shaken by the incident. One resident stated that many neighbors have been requesting better lighting along the road because visibility there is poor for pedestrians and motorists alike.
Car accidents that result in death often leave entire communities grief-stricken. Many personal injury attorneys in Hawaii have helped immediate family members of deceased accident victims seek recovery for their losses in court. Successful claims often provide compensation that helps alleviate expenses associated with an accident that families are left to bear.
Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, “Woman dies after being struck by vehicle near Waimanalo Beach“, Jobeth Devera, April 17, 2016