Auto accidents are some of the most common causes of personal injury in Hawaii. The impact of the injuries is significant, leading to high medical expenses or loss of income due to disability. When someone else’s negligent or careless actions results in an accident, you have the right to pursue compensation. At the Law Offices of Tateishi & Tanaka, we have more than 40 years of experience representing victims of auto accidents. We recognize that injuries cause severe pain and suffering and emotional injury that affect accident victims. We are committed to obtaining fair compensation for these damages.
In Hawaii, your treatment bills for injuries will be paid by your own auto insurance. However the law allows you to make an injury claim against the wrongful driver under certain circumstances. For example, if your medical treatment bills are more than $5,000.00, you are able to make a claim. The lawyers at Tateishi & Tanaka will advise you about making that claim.
If you are eligible to file a personal injury claim against the wrongful driver, you must do it within two years from the date of the accident or the date of the last personal injury protection payment. If you do not file within this time limit, your case will be dismissed. Hawaii is a “modified comparative negligence” state. This means that you can only recover damages from another party if they were more at fault than you were. The amount of compensation you can collect will be reduced by your fault, and if you’re found to be more than 50% at fault, you cannot recover any damages.
Our attorneys can help you understand and navigate the complex insurance laws in Hawaii and ensure that you file your claim in a timely manner. Whether you have been involved in a car, truck, bus or motorcycle accident, we will help you file a claim against the appropriate insurance companies.
Hawaii law requires that all drivers are covered by insurance however, some drivers do not have any insurance and some do not have enough insurance. Because of this, it is important that you have uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on your own insurance policy to protect yourself in the event that you get into an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. If you have UM/UIM insurance and you get into an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, your own insurance policy will provide protection for you. Our attorneys can help you obtain full compensation from your UM/UIM coverage.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Hawaii, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Tateishi & Tanaka have the experience and dedication to help you recover fair compensation. Contact us online or call 808-244-3933 today for a free initial consultation at our Wailuku, Maui office.
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