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Causes of car accidents

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Distracted driving and drunk driving are the leading causes of injury and death on our roadways. Nearly every car accident in Hawaii starts with someone making a choice to place their interests (focusing on cell phone, speeding to get somewhere, running a red light, drinking and driving, not paying attention to traffic) over the safety of others on the roadway or a in a crosswalk. Although these incidents are referred to as “accidents”, these events are anything but an “accident”. Rather car crash injuries and deaths are a direct result of the choices made by the wrongdoer. Unfortunately, those that they hit pay the physical price for the wrongdoer’s choices.

At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner our mission is to force the wrongdoers and their insurance companies to pay for their unsafe choices.

Causes of car accidents

Each day thousands of residents and tourists use the Moanalua, Queen Liliuokalani, Lunalilo, and H1 freeways, as well as a 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 few 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

When another driver choses to ignore the rules of the road, safety or acts with carelessness those who are injured may seek compensation from the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company. The Honolulu personal injury lawyers at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner work hard to obtain maximum compensation for those who have been injured by the acts of others. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Honolulu or anywhere in the state of Hawaii, call us today at 808-537-2525. The call is free and we’re available 24 hours a day.

Understanding causes of car accidents

Nearly all accidents can be traced back to an individual or a company making a selfish choice to place their own interests above the safety of others. This can be when a company decides to hire drivers with poor safety records, fails to train drivers, overloads a vehicle, forces drivers to meet tight or unrealistic delivery schedules, overworks drivers, ignores vehicle maintenance or otherwise ignores safety while pursing their own profits. Individual accidents can be caused by drivers who choose to drive drunk, text and drive, speed, run stop signs or stop lights, follow to closely, or ignore other cars stopped at a crosswalk.

Speeding

Whenever a driver chooses to drive faster than the rest of the traffic, that driver risks being unable to control his or her vehicle. The unfortunate fact is that crash dynamics are such that speeding drivers are less likely to be injured than the people they crash into.

Cell Phones and Distracted Driving

We all witness this every day on our roads – drivers who choose to pay attention to their phones rather than the roadway and other drivers in front of them. According to the National Safety Council, use of a cellphone causes 26 percent of car accidents across the U.S. Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner holds distracted drivers and their insurance companies fully responsible for the damage they cause.

Pedestrian accidents

Regrettably, Hawaii has often led the nation in pedestrian fatalities for those over the age of 65. This often happens when an elderly person is crossing the roadway in a crosswalk and one or more cars stop and respect their right of way. Then, another driver comes along and ignores the stopped vehicles and speeds through the crosswalk killing the elderly pedestrian.

Every pedestrian deserves to be safe when the properly use a crosswalk. Those drivers who ignore the right of way of pedestrians in a crosswalk deserve to be held financially responsible for the harm they cause.

Cities and Counties and the State of Hawaii also have an obligation to provide safe crosswalks. All too often pedestrians are seriously injured or killed because crosswalks have been dangerously placed such that drivers cannot see and react to pedestrians. The City and County of Honolulu has a particularly awful record of placing crosswalks in areas that are dangerous to pedestrians and motorist. Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner has repeatedly forced the City and County of Honolulu to take financial responsibility for the injuries and damages caused by The City’s poorly placed and maintained crosswalks.

Drunk driving

Everyone knows how dangerous it is to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, in Hawaii, it is all too common that drivers choose to ignore those risks and drive after drinking or taking drugs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hawaii proportionally ranks among the top states for fatal crashes caused by drunk and impaired drivers.

The attorneys of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner can help

The personal injury attorneys at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the car accident, which may include 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 so we can obtain full compensation for those injured by others. It’s important to speak with a knowledgeable Hawaii car accident lawyer if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another motorist.

Call Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner today at 808-537-2525 for a free consultation. We’re available to take your call 24 hours a day.

 


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