Even more difficult than predicting when an accident will occur is predicting who will survive a crash, who will suffer serious injuries and who will walk away unscathed. To make matters worse, some people who initially survive car accidents suffer serious injuries and later lose their lives. For instance, a Hawaii woman who suffered severe injuries in a recent crash ultimately died of her injuries just days later.
She was the fourth person to die in the crash that took place on a recent Friday. She, her 2-year-old child and two others are all now gone after the vehicle they occupied crashed into a delivery truck that morning at around 9 a.m. As the car traveled south on Kuhio Highway, it somehow veered into the oncoming lane of travel right into the path of the truck, and the two collided.
A 28-year-old man died in the impact. A 26-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was taken to the hospital, but later died because of her injuries. She left behind two children.
The most recent victim to lose her life and her child were both taken to the same hospital. Her child died before she did. The 54-year-old driver of the delivery truck was spared serious injury.
The families of the child and the two female passengers who died could exercise their rights to file wrongful death claims against the estate of the driver to pursue claims for monetary damage. Before a Hawaiian civil court will consider awarding any damages, the evidence will need to establish that the deaths were due to the negligence of another. No one really wins in lawsuits filed because of fatal car accidents. However, surviving family members could receive some relief from the financial burdens caused.
Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, "Fourth victim dies following deadly Kauai crash", March 31, 2017