Car Accidents Involving Tourists
Putting Our Legal Knowledge to Work for You
Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.
Visitors to Hawaii enjoy beautiful beaches, lush landscapes, and wonderful
weather. For those whose vacations are interrupted by a car accident,
however, the fun comes to an abrupt end. Victims may be left wondering
who is going to cover medical bills and other costs and losses. Car accidents
involving tourists can be very complicated. Claims for compensation typically
must be filed in the location where the accident took place. This means
that while you likely want to get home as quickly as possible so you can
heal under the care of your family and trusted physicians, you may be
leaving a lot of legal issues behind in Hawaii.
You can entrust those issues to the capable attorneys at Leavitt Yamane
& Soldner. Our Honolulu personal injury lawyers have been representing
accident victims since 1971. We've helped many visitors to Hawaii
protect their legal rights. We are ready to put our legal knowledge to
work for you.
Call (808) 518-2120 today for a
free case evaluation
and answers to questions such as:
- What happens if I am injured in a car accident in Hawaii, but I don't
- Why is it important to have a local lawyer after an accident in Hawaii?
- How can a Honolulu car accident lawyer help with my case?
Car Accidents While on Vacation in Hawaii
If you are injured in an auto accident while visiting Hawaii from another
state or country, you may have a legal right to recover compensation from
the driver who caused the crash. Hawaii has no-fault insurance rules,
which means local drivers may make claims on their own insurance for non-serious
accidents. Hawaii drivers are also required to carry liability insurance.
If a driver seriously injures you, his or her liability insurance coverage
may pay for your losses.
To recover compensation from the at-fault driver, you generally must file
a civil lawsuit in the state where the accident happened. When a plaintiff
and defendant live in different states and significant sums of money are
at stake, cases may sometimes be filed in federal court. Determining where
to file your case is a complex question that requires a deep understanding
of court rules. A Hawaii-based lawyer who has a legal background with
these complex claims can make the best choice about where your case should be heard.
After you file a lawsuit, both you and the defendant will prepare your
cases. In most situations, settlement negotiations will also take place
during this time. This means your lawyer will talk to insurance company
representatives to negotiate for the insurer to pay you a set sum of money
in exchange for not suing. If a settlement is reached, your case will
not need to go to trial. If no settlement is reached, then a jury may
decide the outcome of your case.
Why It Is Important to Have a Local Lawyer in Honolulu
Having a local lawyer after a car crash in Hawaii is important for a number
Some of them include:
- A Hawaii-based attorney is familiar with the local court system and with
all procedural rules.
- Local lawyers have a network of local experts who can assist in case investigation
and who can testify on your behalf.
- A lawyer from Hawaii has a better understanding of the process for obtaining
accident reports and other evidence from local law enforcement.
- An experienced Honolulu attorney knows insurers and has a reputation among
insurance companies in the area, so the insurers will know your lawyer
is a tough advocate.
- A lawyer in Hawaii can more easily handle a variety of court matters as
they come up.
Lawyers are licensed to practice law only in individual states. If you
live outside of Hawaii and hire a lawyer from your home state after an
accident here, this may create many legal complications since this lawyer
likely isn't licensed to practice in the state. Avoid the hassle and
find a lawyer in Hawaii who knows the local legal system and who can best
represent your rights within it.
How Our Honolulu Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, we have extensive experience helping visitors
who were injured in accidents while visiting Hawaii.
Our goals are to:
- Help you avoid returning to the state as much as possible.
- Keep you informed about case developments and communicate regularly.
- Make the process of obtaining car accident compensation as simple as possible.
- Work with the rental car company regarding coverage for damage to the vehicle
you were driving.
- Get you the full compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries.
We know how stressful it is to have an accident far away from home. With
our help, you can protect your rights while minimizing the stress and
worry of a long-distance car accident claim.
Contact us now for a free claim analysis and details about how we can help.