[ 663-1.6]  Duty to assist.  (a)  Any person at the scene of a crime who knows that a victim of the crime is suffering from serious physical harm shall obtain or attempt to obtain aid from law enforcement or medical personnel if the person can do so without danger or peril to any person.  Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 663-1.6

  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.

     (b)  Any person who provides reasonable assistance in compliance with subsection (a) shall not be liable in civil damages unless the person’s acts constitute gross negligence or wanton acts or omissions, or unless the person receives or expects to receive remuneration.  Nothing contained in this subsection shall alter existing law with respect to tort liability of a physician licensed to practice under the laws of this State committed in the ordinary course of the physician’s practice.

     (c)  Any person who fails to provide reasonable assistance in compliance with subsection (a) shall not be liable for any civil damages.