Hawaii Co, HI - Man Killed, Two Kids Hurt in Head-on Crash Near Honaunau Rd
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Hawaii Co, HI – Man Killed, Two Kids Hurt in Head-on Crash Near Honaunau Rd

March 1, 2024

Hawaii County, HI (March 1, 2024) – A man from Kailua-Kona was killed in a head-on collision that occurred in Hōnaunau in Hawaii County on Wednesday. At around 2:15 p.m., near the area of Keawe Road and Hōnaunau Road, Hawaii Island police were dispatched to the scene of the collision.

Investigators determined that the driver of a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV was traveling east before colliding head-on with a gray 2003 Honda Accord sedan. The driver of the Honda Accord, a 49-year-old man, was rushed to an area medical center but ultimately pronounced deceased at the Kona Community Hospital. Additionally, two minors in the Accord, the man’s 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, were transported to the hospital for further medical evaluation. The other driver was taken into custody but subsequently released on bail while an additional inquiry was conducted. Officers requested that any individuals who may have witnessed the collision contact them.

We offer our sincere condolences to the deceased man’s family. Our thoughts go out to the injured victims and their families in hopes of their full recovery.

Fatal Vehicle Crashes in Hawaii

A personal injury or wrongful death suit allows victims and their families to claim economic damages, such as medical costs and lost income, as well as non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. That said, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Hawaii is two years from the day of your accident. Most insurance carriers, however, will not wait that long for you to make your claim. Car insurance policies typically contain provisions for making your claim promptly, which generally means within a few days.

Proving these kinds of cases demands an experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Hawaii County who understands Hawaii’s car insurance laws to find other sources of reimbursement, like uninsured motorist coverage in cases involving a driver with no insurance or underinsurance motorist coverage in cases involving drivers with inadequate coverage.

Like other no-fault insurance states, Hawaii also sets a tort threshold for suing the negligent driver in a traffic accident. In Hawaii, you may only file a personal injury suit if:

  • You suffered medical expenses and other related damages totaling $5,000 or more
  • You sustained severe or permanent injuries like the loss of a bodily function, loss of a body part, or disfigurement

This threshold applies to personal injury claims as Hawaii has no value restriction for filing a suit for property damage. The two-year statute of limitations still applies to property lawsuits, and the same timely reporting requirements apply to insurance claims.

Regardless of the details surrounding your accident, our legal team at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner understands the life-altering consequences of personal injuries. Our unwavering commitment to justice propels our team of dedicated attorneys to champion the cause of each and every client. We firmly believe in holding those responsible for causing harm accountable while enabling our clients to reclaim their lives after such traumatic events. If you have suffered as a result of a motor vehicle collision in Hawaii, we strongly urge you to reach out to our compassionate legal team at 808-537-2525 for a complimentary consultation. Let us guide you towards achieving the justice and closure you rightfully deserve.

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident, so if there is any incorrect information, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately.

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