Causes of Car Accidents
Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Honolulu, HI
Each day thousands of residents and tourists use the Moanalua, Queen Liliuokalani,
Lunalilo, and H1 freeways, as well the state's network of city streets
and rural roadways. When a traffic accident occurs, the police try to
assess the cause while working to clear the roadway and get traffic moving
again. The Hawaii motor vehicle accident report lists a number of possible
causes including human factors, vehicle factors, road conditions, and
Car accidents may be caused by:
- Driver error
- Failure to yield
- Driver impairment
- A poorly maintained car
- A dangerous road condition
Many accidents, particularly multi-car accidents, are complex and may require
an accident reconstruction to determine all the contributing factors.
When another driver's carelessness or disregard for safety causes
an accident, the people injured may seek compensation from the at-fault
driver's insurance company. Our Honolulu personal injury lawyers at
Leavitt Yamane & Soldner work hard to obtain full compensation that
recognizes the seriousness of your injuries. If you or a loved one has
been involved in a car accident in Honolulu or anywhere in the state of
Hawaii, our lawyers would welcome the opportunity to evaluate your accident
and advise you of your legal options.
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Understanding Causes of Car Accidents
The Hawaii vehicle accident report lists factors that contributed to your
accident. Among the factors commonly cited, are human factors such as
inattention, misjudgment, fatigue, and impairment; vehicle factors such
as worn tires, brakes, headlights; and other factors such as disregarding
traffic signals, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely,
improper passing or crossing, and failure to yield. Police may cite multiple
factors as contributing to an accident.
Fatal Accidents in Hawaii -Five Year Trend
Speeding-Police in Hawaii aggressively enforce the traffic laws regarding
speeding. Excessive speed is a factor in many accidents in the islands
causing serious injuries and fatalities. A driver may cause an accident
by exceeding the posted speed limit or by driving too fast for road or
weather conditions. Speeding on a road covered by water increases the
likelihood of a car loses traction and hydroplaning if the vehicle has
worn tires with little tread.
Fatalities in Accidents in Hawaii Involving Speeding
When a vehicle is speeding and veers off the road, a driver may whip the
steering wheel around to try to get the car back on the road and cause
a rollover accident. Serious injuries and fatal injuries are more likely
in a rollover accident.
Fatalities in Accidents in Hawaii Involving Rollovers
- Inattention - Driver distraction is recognized as a factor in an increasing
number of accidents. Among the types of distractions that a police officer
may check on the vehicle accident report as contributing factors are distraction
by a cell phone or other wireless communication device, and distraction
by a passenger or something outside the vehicle. According to the National
Safety Council, use of a cellphone causes 26 percent of car accidents
across the U.S.
- Failure to Yield - Failure to yield accidents can cause serious injuries
if a driver overlooks another vehicle entering an intersection or fails
to heed a traffic light or signal.
Pedestrian Accidents - Hawaii has the highest fatality rate in the U.S. for older adults being
struck by cars. Motorists often fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk
or when turning at an intersection.
Drunk Driving - Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is common in serious
accidents in Hawaii. A drunk driver may disregard traffic signals, drive
the wrong direction, or cross the centerline. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Hawaii has a higher proportion
of fatal crashes that involve impaired drivers.
Turn to Leavitt Yamane & Soldner for Knowledgeable Legal Guidance
To determine the cause of your car accident, the personal injury attorneys
at Leavitt Yamane & Soldner will conduct a thorough investigation
that may involve obtaining the cell phone records of other drivers, working
with accident reconstruction experts, and interviewing witnesses to the
accident. Our intent is to build the strongest case possible for our clients
to receive the full compensation they deserve. It's important to speak
with a knowledgeable Hawaii car accident lawyer if you've been injured
in an accident caused by another motorist.
Please contact us
to discuss the details of your car accident case.