What to Do After a Car Accident in Hawaii

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The time after a car accident can be incredibly stressful. You may be injured or coping with a loved one's death at the same time you are dealing with financial concerns and trying to learn about the insurance system and your legal rights. Your actions after a crash can have a big impact on your ability to get full compensation for your losses. Our Honolulu car accident lawyers at Leavitt Yamane & Soldner are here for you. We've prepared a checklist of some of the things you should do immediately after your crash.

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1. Call the Police.

The police should come to the scene of the crash and write a comprehensive accident report. The report may include the suspected cause of the crash, if it can be determined. The report may also include contact information for each driver involved. You can obtain a copy of this report, and it may be used as evidence in a car accident claim.

2. Collect Evidence at the Scene.

The two most crucial types of evidence to be collected in the immediate aftermath of an accident include pictures from the scene of the crash and the contact information of witnesses. A car accident lawyer can interview witnesses, and they may be able to testify for you at trial if there is a dispute regarding who was at fault for the crash. Photos of vehicle damage, skid marks, injuries, vehicle positions and other aspects of the crash scene may also be valuable in a claim for compensation.

3. See a Doctor.

Seeing a doctor after a car accident could save your life. Not all serious car accident injuries have obvious outward symptoms. For example, you could have internal organ damage, bleeding or traumatic brain injury and be unaware of it. A prompt medical examination following a crash could prevent a serious medical emergency.

To recover compensation for car accident injuries, your injuries should be documented by a licensed medical professional. Be sure to see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. In some cases, taking pictures of the injuries is also helpful.

4. Notify Your Insurer.

Your insurer should be notified after any accident, even if you believe the collision was minor or if the other driver offers to personally cover all your costs. You cannot trust that a motorist who caused an accident will actually pay as promised and you cannot be sure of the extent of your injuries and damage until you have your car checked by a mechanic and yourself checked by a doctor.

If you do not notify your insurer promptly of the accident, you could put your coverage at risk. No-fault coverage may pay medical bills and partial lost wages even if you were to blame. Your uninsured/underinsured coverage may pay benefits if the driver who caused your collision has no insurance or not enough coverage.

5. Call a Honolulu Personal Injury Attorney.

Insurance companies do not look out for you after a crash, and you have a limited period of time to act in order to obtain compensation for car accident losses. A car accident lawyer at Leavitt Yamane & Soldner in Honolulu can handle your accident investigation, file your claim, negotiate with the insurer, and guide you through the civil court process so you can focus on getting better.

Call us today or contact us online and get your case started.

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