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 other factors.

Car accidents may be caused by:

  • Speeding
  • Driver error
  • Distraction
  • 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.

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