Hawaii Car Accident Lawyer

Leavitt Yamane & Soldner Can Help You

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life in Hawaii. Honolulu alone has more than its fair share of accidents, due to heavy traffic from the tourist industry and other causes of car accidents, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding. Unfortunately, victims of such accidents often suffer debilitating and ongoing damages such as physical pain, emotional distress, medical expenses, and more.

At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, we help automobile accident victims. Our knowledgeable Honolulu car accident attorneys can deal with the at-fault driver's insurance company and help you receive the compensation you need to move forward. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we can draw on our skill and resources to ensure that your rights are fully protected.

If we believe you have a claim, our car accident lawyers will immediately go to work to:

  • Gather evidence concerning your accident
  • Find and interview any witnesses
  • Review your insurance policy and the policy of the other driver
  • Explore every avenue and inform you of your legal options
  • Battle the insurance companies on your behalf
  • Take your case to court if necessary

We proudly offer free initial consultations to prospective clients: (808) 518-2120

Steps to Take Immediately After an Accident

If you are involved in a car crash, you may be injured, stressed, confused and wondering what to do after the accident. The best steps to take immediately following an accident are:

  1. Call the police
  2. Contact a lawyer
  3. Collect evidence at the scene by taking photos of the scene, the roadway, and gathering personal information from witnesses
  4. Get medical attention
  5. Notify your insurance company

Whose Insurance Will Pay for the Accident?

Hawaii has a "no-fault" car accident insurance system. This means that your own insurance policy will provide you with personal injury protection (PIP) benefits up to $10,000 to cover your medical expenses regardless of who was at fault in the accident.

However, depending on the specifics of your accident, there still may be insurance questions regarding additional aspects of your car accident claim. Although state law requires all drivers to carry liability and PIP automobile insurance, not all drivers do. A different approach may be necessary in auto accidents with the uninsured. Your PIP should cover your medical expenses up to $10,000. If you have an additional claim that would normally be covered by the other driver's insurance (except that the other driver has no insurance), you may need to use your uninsured-underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM). Depending on your losses, that may still not be enough to cover your losses.

If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist, you should file a UM/UIM claim with your insurance company, and immediately talk to a car accident lawyer as soon as you can. Our job is to keep you from being shortchanged by the insurance companies and to identify other sources of compensation when possible so that you can fully recover.

When should I hire an attorney?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the time to contact an attorney is now. There are statute of limitations put in place that give you deadlines on when you should be filing a claim – should you miss the window of opportunity, you could be giving up your opportunity to have your case heard in court. At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, we have the experience and skill to guide clients through the complex legal system. With us on your side, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to build the best possible case and pursue justice on your behalf.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Hawaii's roadways are among the most heavily traveled in the nation. Congested roads contribute to the problem of motor vehicle collisions. Our legal team has handles ample car accident cases, many fo which are caused by:

  • Inattention
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Not looking ahead adequately
  • Drivers who are unfamiliar with the area
  • Fatigued driving

Honolulu Personal Injury Attorneys Protecting Your Right to File an Injury Claim

In our state we have what is known as a modified no fault system. That means that, in addition to your PIP coverage, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim against the other driver.

This can happen in any of the following circumstances:

  • Your PIP benefits have gone above $5,000, exceeding the "tort threshold";
  • Your injuries were serious enough to cause significant permanent loss of use of a part or function of your body or permanent and serious disfigurement; or
  • You have lost a loved one in the accident and have a wrongful death claim.

Every case presents unique issues and challenges. At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, we are passionate about what we do. Our Honolulu car accident lawyers have been listed among Hawaii Super Lawyers® and awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. We are here to protect your rights and to help you to obtain the compensation you deserve.

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If you have sustained an injury and want to know if you are eligible to pursue legal action, it is important to obtain help right away. Call our firm at (808) 518-2120 or fill out the quick form below.

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