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Rash of Local Arrests and Accidents Caused by Drunken Driving

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Hawaii island saw a higher number of drunken driving arrests in 2017, including a spate of DUI arrests in the final week of the year and an injury accident caused by a repeat DUI offender. Learn more about DUIs on the island of Hawaii below, and contact an experienced Hilo car accident attorney if… Read More »


2017 A Deadly Year on Big Island Roads.

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Obvious as it sounds, that’s the lesson to be learned from the majority of the 32 official traffic fatalities that occurred on Hawaii Island in 2017 — the same official total of traffic deaths that took place in 2016. The deaths occurred in 30 collisions. Read More…

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Climb in Fatality Rate among Pedestrians Seen as indicator of Distracted Driving’s Effects

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Over the past three years, the rate of fatalities on US roads has steadily climbed in nearly all categories, but one of the groups most affected by this rise in roadway deaths is pedestrians. Learn more about this troubling climb in death rates among pedestrians, and contact an experienced Hilo injury attorney if you’ve… Read More »

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Hawaii Has Highest Fatality Rate in State

By Louis P. Mendonca |

A new report shows that Hawaii County leads the state in motor vehicle traffic deaths. Traffic fatalities are a serious problem both in Hawaii and across the country, as additional data reveals that fatalities have risen across the country for another year. Big Island leads in motor vehicle fatalities The State of Hawaii’s Department… Read More »

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Lane-Drift Warning Systems Could Be Life-Saving

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Lane drift can occur when a driver is intoxicated or suffering from a health emergency, but it can also happen when a driver is simply drowsy or distracted. Roughly one in four fatal crashes is attributed to lane drifting. A new study shows that many of these fatalities could be prevented if cars came… Read More »

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Side-Impact Collisions: Causes and Consequences

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Side-impact collisions can be highly violent; in fact, they are one of the largest sources of roadway fatalities. Read on to learn about the common causes of side-impact collisions and the reasons that they’re considered so dangerous, and contact a Hawaii auto accident lawyer if you have questions after a side-impact crash. When do… Read More »

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Research Reveals Rear-Seat Riders’ Restraint Reluctance

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Public opinion, as well as many state laws, reflect a reduced amount of concern with whether passengers riding in the back seat of a vehicle wear a seat belt as compared with front-seat passengers. But the dangers are just as present for unrestrained rear-seat passengers as they are for front-seat passengers in the event… Read More »

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Factors that Influence the Value of Your Car Accident Claim

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Being the victim of a car accident can not only be frightening; it can be costly. After an accident, you may feel like your finances are being drained by the costs of medical appointments, lost wages, and car insurance deductible payments. Ideally, either car insurance or a lawsuit based on your injuries will result… Read More »


Researchers Uncover Impact of Leaving a Child Unrestrained in the Car

By Louis P. Mendonca |

One of the most important lessons that parents should learn, even before bringing their child home from the hospital, is how to properly install and use a child safety seat in their car. Nevertheless, research has shown that some 75% of parents are either using their child’s safety seat incorrectly or have installed it… Read More »


Take These Five Steps after a Hawaii Car Accident

By Louis P. Mendonca |

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be one of the scariest and most violent incidents you experience. It can be hard to think straight and figure out what you should do in the immediate aftermath of an accident to ensure that your claims based on the accident are preserved. Read on to… Read More »

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