Hawaii’s intersections pose a serious risk to pedestrians and drivers.
For example, the 4210 block of Waialae Avenue saw nearly 150 accidents
in 2015, and the 2250 block of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki saw nearly 80
accidents. Distractions, heavy foot traffic, and impatient or reckless
drivers are contributing factors to the increasing rate of car crashes.
Furthermore, the number of car accidents increases during summer. This
may be due to the influx of people at malls, theaters, and shopping centers
around busy streets.
How can you stay safe in dangerous intersections?
1. Pay Attention.
Distracted driving is a main cause for accidents at intersections. Even
a two-second glance at a phone screen can lead to a wreck, and drivers
must be careful. In order to protect yourself and others, you should limit
the amount of distractions in your car, and make sure passengers know
you need to focus on the road. Do not use your phone or text while driving,
and be especially cautious around busy shopping centers and intersections.
By paying attention to the road, you can help avoid a crash and keep yourself,
pedestrians, and other drivers safe. Pedestrians also have a responsibility
to pay attention to the road and watch where they are going.
2. Obey the rules.
Traffic laws are in place for a reason: to protect you. It is important
for both drivers and pedestrians to obey traffic laws, including speed
limits, traffic signals, and stop signs. Pedestrians must also abide by
the rules of the road and cross intersections only when permitted. Jaywalking
or crossing streets in unsafe locations can cause accidents and endanger
the lives of everyone around. It is important for everyone, drivers and
pedestrians, to be careful and pay attention to the traffic rules.
3. Walk and drive defensively.
Defensive driving involves looking ahead, watching for obstacles in the
road, controlling your speed limit, and respecting other drivers. It is
important to maintain a proper distance from the car in front of you,
and to pay attention to weather conditions. Pedestrians should also practice
safe habits and watch for reckless cars or objects in the road that could
lead to a crash. You can help protect yourself and those around you by
staying alert, obeying traffic laws, and making wise decisions while crossing
Call Our Hawaii Personal Injury Attorneys Today at (808) 518-2120
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner have represented injured clients for more
than 30 years. If you have been injured in a car accident, our team can
help you seek compensation. We can investigate the incident, build your
case, and represent you throughout the process.
Contact our firm
today for a free consultation.