Local Resources Available to You

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If you, a friend, or a loved one has been involved in a disastrous motor vehicle accident (MVA) in the state of Hawaii, recovering from such a catastrophe can be difficult. As a result of a deadly crash, you may have suffered severe or life-threatening injuries or have experienced extensive physical trauma, incomparable pain, and psychological strain. Furthermore, you may require financial support due to extensive medical bills and vehicle insurance or, as a final resort, need the help of an experienced accident lawyer who can help you recover from tragic, undeserved events. Likewise, you or a loved one may have been victimized by criminal activity, DUI, or negligence. Despite the severity of the problem at hand, multiple resources that can guide you through each stage of recovery are at your disposal.

If You Cannot Work as the Result of a Catastrophic Accident

If your ability to work has been impaired by an accident, you can turn to multiple resources that will help you receive financial aid and support:

  • Social Security Benefits and Filing for Disability – Local and nationwide resources for Hawaii residents suffering from a severe impairment or potentially life-threatening injuries.
  • Hawaii Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Local resources for adult and juvenile victims who do not possess adequate resources for financial aid in the State of Hawaii.
  • Dealing with Wage Loss – Nationwide resource for speaking with your vehicle insurance agent and receiving financial compensation as the result of your accident.
  • Hawaii State Bar Association – The HSBA’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service platform can help you find a professional law firm that can help you resolve any issues related to a traumatic accident.

Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?

Being involved in a car accident can be a hassle for those who sustained major injuries and are in need of financial assistance for damages and losses. It’s vital that injured victim retains a copy of the police report so they can use it to file their personal injury lawsuits. Anyone involved in a car accident in Hawaii can go to the Honolulu Police Department and request a copy of the police report during normal business hours or you can contact our local personal injury attorney to get a complimentary copy of your incident report.

If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident and still have not received a copy of the police report, contact us today.

If You Require Emotional or Psychological Counseling or Additional Therapy

Accidents not only inflict terrible injuries on the body but can also leave a lasting impact on a victim’s mind. If you require emotional support or counseling to cope with your experience in a catastrophic vehicular accident, be sure to visit the links below:

  • Hawaii Psychological Association – Search statewide for psychologists who can help you recover from your traumatic experience with a motor vehicle accident.
  • Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) Hawaii – This branch of the BIAA provides detailed information for Hawaii residents coping with a severe brain injury or individuals helping family members suffering from this unfortunate problem. Tips and strategies for home safety and prevention are also provided on the website.
  • Family Ministries Center Hawaii – Located in two departments on the island of Oahu, this faith-based support group offers services for multiple accident-related issues including emotional trauma, physical pain, and grief counseling.

If You Require Financial Aid for Incidences Resulting from Criminal Activity

You may require additional help for fees related to legal assistance and/or medical bills. If this is the case, be sure to consider the following resources:

  • Hawaii CVCC – Established in 1967, the Hawaiian Crime Victim Compensation Commission helps residents receive compensation for violent accidents.
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii – This group provides excellent resources that can help you determine how you can receive financial support for crime-related vehicular accidents (or additional traumatic accidents).

If You Require Aid for Car Insurance and Vehicle Damage

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs lists Hawaii as a no-fault state, meaning that an insurance company will pay for damages to the limit of the personal injury protection (PIP) benefits program. The Hawaii DMV requires that minimum motor vehicle policies must include:

  • $20,000 for injury of one victim
  • $40,000 for injury of multiple victims
  • $10,000 towards damage to property

The Hawaii Insurance Division (through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs) is an excellent resource for information about policies and benefits. For more information, contact the office today.
Vehicular accidents are an unfortunate and tragic part of our lives and can impact victims and their families in terrible, tragic ways. However, you do not have to face these problems alone. Be sure to visit Local Accident Reports for statements related to your accident.

If You or a Loved One Were the Victims of an Accident Caused by DUI

Drunk driving is a terrible offense that can result in severe damages to innocent victims, their families, and friends. As reinforced by statewide law, the Hawaii DMV has dictated the limits of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as greater than 0.08% for adults (21 and older) and less than 0.02% for individuals less than 21 years of age. Refusal to undergo a test can ultimately result in severe punishment ranging from license suspension to jail time of 10 to 30 days (based on prior offense).
Likewise, the Hawaii DMV combines DUI and DWI offenses under the category of OVUII (operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants). Currently, Hawaii ranks 29th amongst the states with severe problems related to DUI accidents. If you, a loved one, or a friend have been victimized by a DUI incident and require more in-depth support, visit the following links:

  • Hawaii MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving seeks to provide endless support for victims of drunk driving incidents in the State of Hawaii. To speak with a representative at the national headquarters, call the hotline at (877) ASK.MADD or (877)275.6233. To contact MADD Hawaii, be sure call the Honolulu Office at (808) 532-6232.
  • HPPUD – The Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking is a foundation that seeks to prevent Hawaiian juveniles from becoming victims of DUI accidents. Resources include the “Under 21 No Can” seminars Coalitions in various counties, including Maui and Honolulu.

Accident Prevention Services in Hawaii

In recent years, the State of Hawaii has established multiple tactics for preventing unfortunate motor vehicle accidents and resulting fatalities.

  • HDOT Geocoded Map – Recently, the Hawaii Department of Transportation created this high-tech, interactive map as part of its accident prevention program. By visiting the link, you can discover what factors contribute to fatal crashes within county and state boundaries. Likewise, this tool also provides data about roadway conditions, as well as current and future construction projects.
  • Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan – This blog provides information concerning upcoming projects related to traffic accident prevention. Resources include safety seminars, videos, and accident news in the State of Hawaii.
  • Safe Communities Program – Another resource from the Department of Transportation, the Safe Communities group provides information about passenger safety, driver’s education, pedestrian guidelines, and much more.

Traffic in Hawaii

In this section, you can investigate the statistics regarding traffic congestion and the percentage of fatal accidents. As of the year 2016, Hawaii has a registered population of 1,428,557. For more information, check out the data sheets provided by the HLDI (Highway Loss Data Institute). While these numbers have changed since then, this sheet will provide you with a basic layout of Hawaii’s traffic statistics and help you develop a safer travel plan while visiting the Islands.
The following statistics have been derived from HLDI data spreads. For more statewide information, be sure to visit the Hawaii DMV.

Vehicle Miles Traveled in Hawaii

  • Hawaii ranks 43rd in the United States with 10,635 million miles traveled.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in Hawaii (as of 2016)

  • 109 Fatal crashes (resulting in 120 deaths)
  • 8.4 deaths per 100 million of the total population of Hawaii
  • 1.03 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled

Deaths Related to Motor Vehicle Accidents in Hawaii

  • Car occupants = 42 (35%)
  • Pickup/SUV occupants = 20 (17%)
  • Large truck occupants = 1 (1%)
  • Motorcyclists = 15 (12%)
  • Bicyclists = 0 (0%)
  • Pedestrians = 29 (24%)
  • Total traffic accident fatalities = 120 (100%)

Single Vehicle vs. Multi-Vehicle Crashes: Hawaii

  • Single-vehicle accidents = 74 (62%)
  • Multi-vehicle accidents= 46 (38%)
  • Total = 120 (100%)

Fatalities from DUI Accidents: Hawaii

  • T
      otal deaths = 44
  • Drivers with registered BAC results= 32 (73%)
  • Drivers with BAC results equal to or greater than 0.08 = 15 (35%)

Use of Restraint: Hawaii

  • O
      bservation of safety belt usage in the State of Hawaii = 95 %
  • Fatally injured victims-unrestrained = 22 (35%)
  • Fatally injured victims-restrained= 22 (35%)
  • Fatally injured victims-undisclosed use of restraint = 19 (30%)
  • Total of fatal injuries = 63

Rural Accidents vs. Urban Accidents: Hawaii

  • Urban accidents = 94 (78%)
  • Rural accidents = 25 (21%)
  • Unspecified area = 1 (1%)
  • Total = 120

Fatalities Related to Distracted Driving

As of 2016, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) confirmed that 46 out of approximately 109 fatal accidents were directly related to 45% of the 120 accidents counted that year. Roughly 13.7% of these motor vehicle crashes were caused by distracted driving.

Hawaii Grief & Trauma Resources

Motor vehicle crash deaths by road user type and state, 2017

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