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Liability For Unreasonably Dangerous Conditions

Hawaii News reports that a Florida man has died in a hiking accident after he fell while travelling on the rugged, vertical Na Pali coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

While the accident remains under investigation, negligence is not indicated. However, several recent hiking accidents on dangerous terrain in Hawaii have raised issues concerning the responsibility of the state and other owners of public land to maintain their trails and adequately warn of dangers on their property.

If you have been injured – or a loved one has been injured or killed – in an accident on another's property, it is important to speak to a Hawaii personal injury attorney to answer your accident questions and determine your next steps.

In certain instances, a landowner may be liable for "premises liability." Premises liability is a form of negligence that provides that property owners must keep their land free from unreasonably dangerous conditions. This may include a duty to warn of a dangerous condition or the duty to remove unreasonably dangerous conditions that he or she knew of or should have known of. The failure to remedy a dangerous condition or warn of an unreasonably dangerous condition may lead to liability for injuries caused. In Hawaii, where many people visit dangerous cliffs and waterfalls and traverse rocky terrain, it is important that adequate warnings be posted and appropriate measures be taken to ensure visitor safety.

For more information about premises liability or if you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury while on the property of another, contact the experienced Hawaii personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson for a confidential consultation.