FAQs

Car Accident FAQs

The statute of limitations in the state of Hawaii for most injury claims is two years from the date of the injury or loss. Each case is different, which is why an expert car accident attorney will be able to guide you through all the specifics of your case.

Since collisions happen in the blink of an eye, the moments immediately following are often a blur for victims. The following steps could help you protect yourself and your rights if you are involved in a collision:

  1. Report the crash
  2. Get medical attention
  3. Take down witness information
  4. Document the scene
  5. Contact a lawyer

Hawaii adheres to a no-fault car insurance system. This means that in most cases, you will file a claim with your own insurance company and seek payment of your medical bills from your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.

An insurance adjuster may contact you to get your statement on the chain of events that led up to the accident. Do not provide any recorded statements, and instead politely ask them to speak with your attorney. Don’t let the insurance company’s tricks cost you the compensation you are owed. Contact our experienced car accident lawyer and let us handle communication with the insurer.

If you were involved in a car accident while visiting Hawaii you need to contact an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state of Hawaii. Car Accident laws vary from state to state and it is necessary you get legal guidance from experts.

Our car accidents attorneys at Recovery Law Center have the experience to represent citizens from all over the country in car accident claims.

Contacting an expert car accident lawyer will help you seek compensation for the losses that you have experienced, whether you need to file a claim with your own insurance or pursue a third-party claim.

When evaluating what you are able to recover, our lawyer can assess your losses and pursue the resources that you need. The Recovery Law Center has experienced attorneys that will assist you through the process.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Since collisions happen in the blink of an eye, the moments immediately following are often a blur for victims. The following steps could help you protect yourself and your rights if you are involved in a collision:

  1. Report the crash
  2. Get medical attention
  3. Take down witness information
  4. Document the scene
  5. Contact a lawyer

Hawaii adheres to a no-fault car insurance system. This means that in most cases, you will file a claim with your own insurance company and seek payment of your medical bills from your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.

An insurance adjuster may contact you to get your statement on the chain of events that led up to the accident. Do not provide any recorded statements, and instead politely ask them to speak with your attorney. Don’t let the insurance company’s tricks cost you the compensation you are owed. Contact our experienced car accident lawyer and let us handle communication with the insurer.

Contacting an expert car accident lawyer will help you seek compensation for the losses that you have experienced, whether you need to file a claim with your own insurance or pursue a third-party claim.

When evaluating what you are able to recover, our lawyer can assess your losses and pursue the resources that you need. The Recovery Law Center has experienced attorneys that will assist you through the process.

When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the most important thing is to get the medical attention that you require. If you are safe and able, be sure to make a complete police report, take photos of the accident scene and your injuries, and get the names and contact information of any witnesses, if available. If you can’t do this yourself, have someone you trust do it for you.

Do not accept calls from the insurance adjusters, or if you do, politely tell them that they need to talk to your attorney. Keep track of medical bills during medical treatment and recovery process. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will assist you with lost or misplaced bills and records if needed.

According to Hawaii’s no-fault insurance laws, if the relevant insurance policy was active at the time of the crash, you may be eligible to recover:

  • Payment of medical bills for your injuries and your passengers’ injuries up to the personal injury protection benefits (“PIP”) limit of $10,000 per person or more.
  • Up to $20,000 per person ($40,000 per accident) for bodily injury liability to cover injuries of anyone who was injured besides you and your passengers.

In addition to these required amounts of coverage for injuries, your insurance policy or the relevant insurance policy of another driver may include compensation. Contact us for a Free Consultation.

If you are determined to have been at fault, your insurance should pay up to $10,000 per occurrence to cover damage to the other person’s car or other personal property.

Pedestrian Safety FAQs

Jaywalking, or crossing a road outside of a crosswalk or away from a street corner, is against the law in Hawaii. If you receive a citation for jaywalking, you could face a fine of $130. Pedestrians can also face a $130 fine for entering a roadway when a traffic light is red.

In the United States, most pedestrian injuries occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Most pedestrian fatalities occur at night, between 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. According to researchers at Arizona State University, most pedestrian-vehicle accidents happen on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hawaii is a no-fault state. When a driver is involved in a crash, they generally turn to their own insurance company to cover the costs of their injuries. Pedestrians can seek compensation from their own insurer if the driver is uninsured.

If you sustain serious or catastrophic injuries, Hawaii law allows you to step outside the no-fault system and file a personal injury lawsuit. To qualify, your injury must meet the state’s serious injury threshold, which happens when your medical bills exceed $5,000 and you suffer a serious or permanent injury.

Personal Injury FAQs

This could take a couple of months. You do not want to settle your Hawaii accident injury case until after you have completed treatment because you want the settlement to take into account all of your injuries and bills. Your injury lawyer will order all of your medical records and bills and write out a summary of your treatment. All of these documents will then be sent to the other driver’s insurance company for their review. Assuming that the insurance company accepts liability for the collision, then they will most likely make a settlement offer to resolve your injury claim.

Once your Hawaii accident lawyer receives the settlement offer, he will negotiate with the insurance company to get their offer as high as possible. He will continue the negotiation until the insurance adjustor indicates that they have reached their final offer and are no longer able to make any additional offers. If their offer is reasonable, then your personal injury attorney will recommend you take the offer. If the settlement offer is completely unreasonable, you will need to decide whether to take them to court, a process that can be very long, time consuming, and stressful.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money and their employees are often directed to limit payouts and to deny liability whenever possible.

Attorneys are advocates – which means that they have a professional obligation to represent you and your interests. Your case will not settle as quickly as it might if you handle matters on your own. With the guidance of an expert personal injury attorney from Recovery Law Center you would just need to submit information about your accident to the responsible insurance adjuster and a fair payment would be made to you that would cover your present and future medical expenses, lost time from work, and the pain, discomfort and limitations that you have as a result of your accident.

  1. Report the accident
  2. Seek medical care immediately
  3. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses
  4. Take photos and notes
  5. Do not sign anything or accept any payment from an insurance company
  6. Get advice from and expert personal injury attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii
  1. Not get immediate medical treatment. Getting medical attention is the most important thing if you suffered injuries during an accident. It is also important for your injury claim to have proof of your injuries.
  2. Not calling the police. The other party involved in the accident might ask you not to and convince you they will take care of all of the damage without getting the police or the insurance companies involved. Truth is, you will need a police report as evidence to prove that the accident happened.
  3. Not following through with medical treatment. Medical records are vital for your case, in order to back up your injuries, if not, as far as the adjusters, your injuries never happened.
  4. Not seeking guidance from an expert personal injury lawyer. The insurance companies will contact you and will want to take a recorded statement. You should get expert´s help when dealing with the insurance companies. A Hawaii licensed personal injury lawyer from Recovery Law Center has many years of experience with many cases and will get you a great settlement for your injuries.
  5. Settling prematurely. You need to make sure your settlement includes the entire treatment you received. Your medical provider can provide you with the details even if the treatment needed extends for years. This information is important for adjusters to consider when offering a settlement.

As your advocate, your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance adjuster to get the best settlement. Your attorney will advice you when the last and best offer has been made. It will be your decision to settle or take it to court, to follow your attorney´s advice or file a complaint in court. If you decide for filing a complaint the insurance company hires a defense attorney, who are not usually interested in settling the case. The case will first go to arbitration and the arbitrator will decide the amount you deserve.

Premises Liability FAQs

Remember that the primary goal of every insurance adjuster is to save the insurance company money. When you file your claim, you will most likely get a call or inquiry from an insurance adjuster asking questions about the severity of your injury and other matters related to the injury. While it may be tempting to accept settlement right away, it could actually prevent you from receiving all of the compensation you need.

Every year people suffer slip-and-fall injuries that can affect other aspects of their lives. If you have been injured on another person or entity’s property due to their negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for economic and noneconomic losses, including some of the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  1. Make notes of everything you can remember about the incident and premises.
  2. Keep track of all expenses associated with the injury.
  3. See a doctor as soon as possible.
  4. Collect as much evidence as possible, like photographs of the area.
  5. Obtain contact information of anyone who witnessed the incident.
  6. Contact an experienced premises liability lawyer.