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Kailua-Kona, HI – Closure of Kealakaa St Prompted by Fatal Vehicle Accident

September 29, 2022

Kailua-Kona, HI (September 29, 2022) – Police and several emergency response crews were on the scene of a fatal car crash on Wednesday, September 28th in Kailua-Kona. 

According to a source with knowledge of the incident, the collision occurred on Kealakaa Street. The area between Uluaoa Street and Palani Road was closed off to allow emergency medics and police to access the scene. 

Although details of the crash are scarce, officials confirmed that the roadway was shut down for several hours and at least one person died in the impact. 

This accident is under active police investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Wrongful Death Suits in Hawaii

Kailua-Kona, HI - Closure of Kealakaa St Prompted by Fatal Vehicle Accident

When a person’s wrongdoing, negligence, action, or inaction results in another person’s death, the surviving family members of the deceased are entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the liable party.

A wrongful death action is a civil claim. This means they are handled in civil courts and are separate from any criminal case that involves the defendant. They focus on adjudicating whether or not the defendant is answerable for the damages sustained by the victim and their surviving relatives. 

Similar to other kinds of civil injury cases, families who file a wrongful death suit will have to prove that the defendant is responsible for the death of their loved one through negligence or, according to liability laws, is otherwise accountable.  

For instance, a person could be found liable for wrongful death if:

  • Their negligence caused the victim’s death, as in a fatal car crash
  • They were a physician, nurse, or other health care provider who committed medical malpractice by failing to meet the standard of care when treating the victim
  • They were a designer, manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or other commercial entity liable for a dangerous or defective product
  • They were the owner of a property that had an unaddressed danger that led to a guest’s death
  • Knowingly and willingly committed assault or murder

Even though there is no amount of money that can turn back the clock to before your loved one died, a successful wrongful death claim offers surviving relatives justice and the financial compensation for damages that they deserve.  

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident, compensation may be available for damages including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses/Cremation 
  • Medical bills amassed prior to death
  • Lost wages and lost financial aid
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of consortium and companionship
  • Loss of guidance and care

At the law firm of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our experienced team is dedicated to providing prudent and personalized legal services to wrongful death victims and their grieving families.

A sympathetic attorney from our law firm can give you the tenacious legal representation you need after experiencing the sudden loss of someone you love. If the death was caused by a driver under the influence, elder abuse, a loose handrail in a stairwell, a faulty smoke alarm, or any other wrongful or negligent act, taking swift legal action will ensure that your lawyer has ample time to investigate the events surrounding the death and build a strong case.

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 information that is incorrect, 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. 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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