Tourist Pedestrian Accidents in Hawaii
Let’s state the obvious: Hawaii has a vast array of natural and scenic wonders that are extremely enticing to those who live elsewhere, not to mention its culture, leisure activities, and other attractions. It’s a tourist hotspot. Though Hawaii’s population is approximately 1.4 million people, accounting for tourists throughout the year greatly elevates that number.
The sidewalks of Waikiki and Honolulu are congested with pedestrian traffic—morning, noon, and evening. People are trekking to the beach, checking out the stores, trying out fine eateries, or hitting the clubs and bars, among a host of other destinations. With all the tourist pedestrian activity, there are bound to be pedestrian accidents caused by a variety of factors.
Honolulu Pedestrians Are At Risk From Distracted Drivers & Other Dangers
Honolulu is not immune to the plague of distracted driving, and pedestrians often pay the price with serious injuries. Motorists may also grow impatient waiting for people to clear the crosswalks and fail to yield the right of way.
Drivers rolling through stop signs, making illegal U-turns, and speeding play significant roles in putting pedestrians at risk.
Sometimes municipalities are at fault for poorly conceived intersection layouts and malfunctioning or poorly timed traffic signals. Trees and low-hanging branches, signs, and utility poles might hamper the vision of drivers and pedestrians, and lead to auto-pedestrian encounters. Construction sites and street repairs can result in unintended circumstances.
Sidewalks with cracks and uneven pavement can lead to pedestrian falls, and those blocked with debris or other obstacles may force pedestrians into the street, with harmful effect.
Hawaii's Laws Are Unique & Complex, An Attorney Can Help You If You've Been Injured
Hawaii is a modified no-fault state, meaning that accident victims aren’t automatically entitled to bring a claim against a negligent driver. If a rental car is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, there is a potential slew of complexities that may impact the situation. In addition, Hawaii’s laws for reimbursement for out-of-state doctors often conflict with a tourist’s home-state laws.
If you are a tourist in Hawaii involved in a pedestrian accident, protect your rights by contacting a tourist injury attorney to safely navigate the legal issues that will likely crop up.
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