Early this year, Big Island police reported that a 45-year-old man from Captain Cook died in a motorcycle collision. According the police, the cyclist was traveling on Route 11 when he rear-ended a stopped pickup truck. He was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the truck and her son, were not injured. The police reported that both alcohol and speed were reasons for the crash.
While at this time in 2012, there had not been any fatal accidents on the Big Island. Already there has been 7 fatalities for 2013.
In one of the 2012 motorcycle accidents, a 38-year old man was killed at the intersection of Henry Street and Palani Road. At the time, the police reported that alcohol was a factor in the cash. However, a recent personal injury lawsuit was filed against the state and two contractors, alleging negligence. The lawsuit specifically stated that as a result of road construction, a concrete barrier was negligently kept in the intersection and that this barrier caused an “unreasonable risk of harm”.
This type of suit is called a wrongful death action and is brought by family members of the deceased. While no amount of money can ever make up for loss of a loved one, a settlement or judgment can assist family members with the costs of hospital bills and funeral arrangements.
If you believe that a family member or loved one was killed as the result of someone else’s negligence contact the law firm of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks in Hawaii to schedule a free consultation regarding a potential wrongful death lawsuit.