Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Honolulu and Waipahu
Attorney Glenn Honda and the team at Recovery Law Center represent people who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii. We have extensive experience helping residents, tourists, and visitors take legal action when drivers fail to notice and yield to pedestrians.
Accidents involving pedestrians occur at a higher rate per capita in Hawaii than other states. Each year, pedestrians suffer severe and sometimes fatal injuries in accidents caused by drivers who are distracted, intoxicated, driving aggressively, or are otherwise negligent.
If this has happened to you and you suffered serious injuries, you may have the right to take legal action with a pedestrian accident attorney in Honolulu and hold the responsible party accountable for the harm they’ve caused you.
With more than two decades of experience and a long track record of successful verdicts and settlements, the legal professionals at Recovery Law Center are the right choice to handle your pedestrian accident case. Our trusted pedestrian accident lawyer in Honolulu at Recovery Law Center is ready to sit down with you and discuss your rights and legal options, and how we can aggressively fight for maximum compensation in your claim.
To discuss your case with a member of our team during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, call us or reach out to us online now.
How Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Hawaii Can Help
To get compensation for your pedestrian accident claim, we will need to prove that your injuries were caused by negligence on the part of the other party. Drivers have a duty to follow the rules of the road, so if we can demonstrate that the driver failed to yield to you, failed to look before backing out of a driveway, or otherwise breached their duty to drive in a safe way, we could secure significant compensation on your behalf.
The pedestrian accident lawyer in Waipahu, HI at Recovery Law Center can investigate the accident and evaluate your situation to determine what damages you might be entitled to seek. When someone else’s negligence causes you physical and financial harm, we want to get a comprehensive understanding of your situation to pursue all the compensation you need to make you whole again.
It’s our job to understand what you are owed and to fight for that. Whether we are able to secure favorable results through negotiating a fair settlement, or if we have to take your case to trial, we won’t rest until you get the full amount of money you deserve.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Victims
Each accident presents unique challenges to victims and their families. When an injury occurs, it could impact your health, your ability to make a living, future opportunities, and overall quality of life. With the help of a skilled lawyer, victims can recover compensation to help with a variety of injury-related consequences.
Medical expenses are a source of incredible financial stress for injury victims. Because pedestrians have nothing to protect them in the event of a collision, the injuries they suffer in accidents can be extremely serious. They often require expensive treatments for years to come. Our lawyer can pursue financial compensation for the medical expenses you have already incurred, as well as those you are likely to have in the future.
Many pedestrian accident victims will have to miss weeks or months of work, and some will never be able to return their jobs. When a pedestrian accident injury interferes with a person’s ability to earn a living, the settlement from their claim should make up for this lost income. If your employer provides short-term or long-term disability the team at the Recovery Law Center can also help you file for these benefits.
Damages such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are also very real consequences of pedestrian accidents. Our team can help put a monetary value on all your non-economic damages and make sure they are covered in your settlement. However, this compensation may only be available if you pursue a claim against another party. Your own PIP insurance will not cover non-economic damages.
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately often fatal for the pedestrian involved. If your close relative was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Through this claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for their medical expenses leading up to their death, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of emotional support, and more.
Time Limits for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Claim in Hawaii
According to Hawaii Rev. Code Ann. § 657-7, pedestrian accident victims in Hawaii have up to two years to file an injury claim. This means that injury victims need to begin the process within two years of the incident.
If you have lost a loved one because of a pedestrian accident, Hawaii Rev. Code Ann. § 663-3 states that surviving family members have up to two years to file for wrongful death. This timeline begins counting down from the date of death, not the date of the accident if the two are different.
While a claim must be filed within two years, it doesn’t need to be resolved within this period. The amount of time that it takes to resolve an injury claim varies for each case, but your lawyer will be able to give you a better idea of the timeline pertaining to your particular claim.
In any event, the sooner you talk to a lawyer and begin your claim, the better. Evidence tends to disappear and witnesses’ memories fade with time.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
While both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for following the rules of the road, when drivers fail to hold up their end of the bargain, the results can be catastrophic for pedestrians. Some common causes of pedestrian accidents in Hawaii include:
Speeding – Driving at high speeds increases the impact of a collision and worsens injuries to those involved. It also reduces a driver’s ability to stop suddenly or take other evasive actions.
Distracted driving – When drivers aren’t paying attention, they could easily overlook the presence of a pedestrian and cause a fatal collision. This is an especially serious problem in Hawaii, with many visitors on the road who are unfamiliar with the area and may be more focused on sightseeing than safe driving.
Failure to yield – Failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians could cause serious injuries to pedestrians, even if they were struck at relatively low speeds.
Failure to signal – If a driver fails to practice proper signaling, others on or around the road are unable to properly anticipate their movements. This can cause an unsuspecting pedestrian to step into the path of a vehicle.
Disregarding traffic signals – Ignoring a stoplight or street sign doesn’t only disrupt the flow of traffic, but it also puts those who are following the street signs and stoplights in danger.
Ignoring conditions – During times of inclement weather, or while road work is being performed, drivers must exercise additional caution. If a driver proceeds normally in spite of inclement conditions, they could easily cause an accident.
Drunk or drugged driving – Driving under the influence is reckless and can prove fatal to the driver and those around them, including innocent pedestrians.
This is not an all-encompassing list. If you have been injured as a pedestrian in a crash caused by any type of negligence on someone else’s part, you may be eligible for compensation.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Hawaii
The severity of an injury is directly linked to the circumstances leading up to an accident. The following are among the most common outcomes of pedestrian accidents:
Pedestrian accident injuries often involve blunt force trauma. For this reason, it is always best to go to the doctor to verify that your medical condition is stable, even if your injuries aren’t obvious at first.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been hurt in an accident while on foot, the actions you take in the hours and days afterward can have a significant impact on your health and your pedestrian accident case. Below are some important steps to take to protect yourself and your personal injury claim:
Report the accident.
Call 911 and report your accident to the authorities. By doing so, emergency help will be dispatched and a record of the accident will be created. Additionally, a police officer will record information about the scene of the accident, which can help your pedestrian accident attorney down the line.
Seek medical help.
Even if your injuries don’t seem severe right after a car accident, pedestrian accidents can often leave victims with latent injuries like internal damage or concussions. If left untreated, conditions such as these could become life-threatening. To rule these serious injuries out, it is best to visit the doctor and have a full medical evaluation performed as soon as possible.
Those who are physically well enough to remain at the scene of the accident should record all of the information that they can. If that’s not possible, ask someone on the scene to take photos for you. Pictures of the scene and any damage that was caused can be important evidence later on. Additionally, if there were any witnesses, taking a statement and collecting their contact information is crucial.
Keep records and receipts.
Hold onto any records and receipts for your injury-related expenses. This can include medical bills, insurance statements, pharmacy receipts, and anything else that comes up. This will help create a more complete picture of how much your injury has cost you.
Avoid speaking to insurers.
You may be contacted by an insurance adjuster soon after the accident. Insurance adjusters are paid to save the company money, not to help you secure full compensation. They will likely try to deny or diminish your claim. Make sure to let your pedestrian accident attorney handle all communication with the insurance representatives to protect you and your claim.
Hire a lawyer.
Hiring an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to represent you will not only help you recover the most compensation available, but it will also let you focus on what is most important: your recovery. If you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries, make sure to contact our pedestrian accident attorney right away. We can help take care of most of the steps listed above – and much more – while you seek treatment.
Let the Recovery Law Center Fight for You
The physical injuries and emotional trauma caused by pedestrian accidents have lasting effects on victims and their families. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Hawaii, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain on the next steps you should take.
Our team has been fighting for victims for more than two decades, putting our diligence, knowledge, and compassion to work for the people who entrust their cases to us. Unless we are able to win compensation for you, we do not accept payment for our legal services.
Injuries and the resulting fallout are expensive, but quality legal representation shouldn’t be.
To get started and discuss your case with a lawyer from the Recovery Law Center, contact us today for a free claim review.