Although Hawaii is famous for the stunning scenery and multitude of outdoor recreational activities — such as bicycling, boating, parasailing, surfing, riding jet skis, horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving — there is the risk of serious injury or death if basic safety precautions are not taken. In some cases, even when those precautions were taken, the negligence of another has resulted in injury.
There are at least two bicycle fatalities in Honolulu each year, which, per capita, makes it one of the more dangerous places to ride a bicycle. Injuries from bicycle collisions with automobiles are generally due to a negligent motorist and the resulting injuries can be extremely serious or fatal. Boating accidents are also fairly common, with the most common cause of boating accidents being drivers who are under the influence. When visitors are on vacation they may feel they can have a few drinks and still safely operate their rented boat, sailboat or jet skis. In fact, the Coast Guard considers boating under the influence to be more hazardous than driving under the influence on dry land. Boating accidents can also result from excessive speed, lack of boating safety information or defective boat parts.
There are many types of negligence which can lead to recreational injuries in Honolulu such as:
Those who were expecting a fun-filled, relaxing vacation in a beautiful area could be dismayed when the negligence of another leads to adverse or even tragic consequences. Many visitors don’t pursue a lawsuit against the negligent party simply because they don’t know how to manage such a suit long-distance, after they have returned home from vacation. At Shim & Chang, our attorneys are committed to helping residents and tourists resolve their injury claims properly and completely, no matter where you are.
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With more than 30 years of practical and trial experience handling all types of personal injury cases, Roy K. S. Chang has molded Shim & Chang into a highly creative and innovative law firm that honors the Hawaiian spirit of aloha. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating…
With his unique name and background, Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos' character and experience have greatly added to the creative and innovative approach of Shim & Chang. He has been with the firm since 1996, exclusively handling personal injury cases. Raised in Honolulu, Harvey graduated from Kaimuki High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa…
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