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 live there?
  • 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 of reasons.

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.

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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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