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One Dead, Several Injured In Honolulu Shuttle Bus Crash

Nine Carnival Miracle Guests Injured After Being Hit By Shuttle Bus Outside of Cruise Terminal

One Dead, Several Injured In Honolulu Shuttle Bus Crash

HONOLULU, HAWAII (April 16, 2024) – At least 9 people were injured, and one woman died after being hit by a shuttle bus outside of the terminal for Carnival Miracle.

Honolulu officials are saying that the accident took place on Friday. The shuttle bus crashed into a group of pedestrians and two concrete barriers near the terminal.

Initial reports suggest that the driver of the shuttle bus mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brakes when the collision took place.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. A total of 10 people were taken to the hospital. Sadly, one woman involved in the collision died due to her injuries.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Hawaii Shuttle Bus Accidents

Far too many people are seriously injured every year in bus accidents. According to Journalist’s Resource, “on average, about 63,000 buses [of all kinds] are involved in an accident each year; about 14,000 result in an injured person, and 325 result in a fatal injury. About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed, on average, in a given year.” There are a number of common causes of bus accidents.

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Pedal confusion

Bus companies are considered “common carriers,” and their drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. If a bus driver fails to slow down in order to avoid hitting a pedestrian, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that certain steps be taken after any bus accident.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Bus maintenance records should be sought.
  • A thorough investigation should be conducted.

If a bus driver was working at the time of a collision, their employer could be held at fault. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Any person who is injured in a bus accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Honolulu Shuttle Bus Accidents

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman who died in this shuttle bus accident. It is our sincere hope that the other victims will be able to make a full recovery. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. This was a preventable crash that should not have taken place.

Do you need more information about a Honolulu shuttle bus accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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Jeff S. Korek joined Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. in 1992 as the Senior Trial partner. Known for his meticulous preparation and dedication to his clients, Jeff has obtained some of the state’s highest verdicts and settlements.