Being involved in an
automobile accident can be devastating. But the traumatic effects are often compounded in
a hit-and-run accident when no one is held accountable for the effects
on a victim's lifestyle, relationships, employment status and financial
A driver is charged with a hit-and-run accident when he or she crashes
their car into another vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian and then flees
the scene without identifying themselves or rendering aid. In Hawaii,
when an automobile accident takes place participants are required by law
to exchange information including sharing his/her name, telephone number,
address and insurance information. If a driver fails to stop and share
this information they could be found liable and imprisoned or fined. Nationally,
close to 11 percent - or roughly 700,000 – of all vehicle accidents
are hit-and-run situations.
Recently, here in Hawaii on February 2, 2012 a hit-and-run driver struck
a pedestrian near the University of Hawaii - Manoa, lower campus. Reports
claim a 54-year-old woman and her daughter were crossing Old Waialae Road
near the H1 freeway onramp when a speeding sedan hit the woman. She was
taken to the hospital in serious condition.
We recommend contacting Leavitt Yamane & Soldner at (808) 537-2525
to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your
legal rights. Our company can provide services unique to your situation,
ensuring that your rights are upheld, the compensation you receive is
appropriate and that your path to recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run car accident you can help protect
your rights by following these important tips:
- Immediately take stock of any physical injuries you or your passengers/companions
have suffered as a result of the accident.
- Call 911 immediately and to the best of your ability, share with police
and first responders, as much information and details you can recollect
on the description of the vehicle(s) and driver(s).
- Sometimes police take a while to get to the scene. If you can, immediately
write down a detailed account of the incident with as much information
as possible so you don't forget important details (like the license plate).
- Identify any witnesses and ensure that their contact information and statements
are included in the police report.
- If you are able to, take photos of the scene and document any injuries,
damage or other evidence with photos.
- Report the incident to your insurance company as soon as possible - in
some cases there are time limitations to file a claim. By calling Leavitt
Yamane & Soldner first thing, they will take the time to contact your
Leavitt Yamane & Soldner is a Honolulu-based personal injury law firm
with a highly skilled and experienced team of personal injury attorneys.
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