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Hawaii Motor Vehicle Accidents Raise Questions of Liability

Hawaii News reports that a man has died after being struck by a car as he was crossing the H-2 freeway in Waipahu. According to an initial investigation, the man was hit by a 58-year-old driver who was traveling northbound, near the Ka Uka Boulevard.

This fatality comes just days after another chain reaction motor vehicle accident that caused the death of a 74-year-old man. In this instance, a 47-year-old driver heading west, collided with that of the 74-year-old, which then hit a third and fourth vehicle. The drivers of the subsequent cars sustained modest personal injuries. Speed may have been a factor.

Further, earlier this month, an 86-year-old man died after being struck in Hawaii Kai. Reports show that a heavily used cross-walk had been mistakenly removed.

Unfortunately, this string of accidents has made January one of the deadliest months in terms of traffic accidents in recent memory.

It is unknown what led to this latest accident, although police do not believe speed or alcohol are to blame. Whenever a motor vehicle accident happens, it is important to investigate numerous possible factors that may have played a role in the incident. Each of these factors may determine how much, and from whom (the driver's insurance? a municipality? the car manufacturer?) the payment is due. While typically the police and insurance companies are involved in making an initial determination as to what happened, contacting your own attorney to represent your rights and interests if you have been hurt in an accident is crucial. Often the true details of an incident require a more in-depth analysis than is provided in the immediate hours and days following a traffic collision.

For more information, or if you or a loved one were injured in a Hawaii motor vehicle accident, please contact the dedicated Hawaii personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.