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Advocating For You After A Car Accident in Hawaii

Vehicular accidents can result in personal struggles involving physical recovery, medical expenses, missed work, financial stress, worry and a life interrupted. Your life may never be the same. You have options if you are left wondering what to do after being injured in an accident caused by someone else.

Attorneys With First Hand Experience

One of our attorney partners was an unfortunate victim of a car crash only a few years ago. After years of practice in injury law, this experience provided an even deeper understanding of the barriers that you will face in seeking compensation after an injury.

The attorneys of Trecker Fritz & Williams are acknowledged experts in mediation and arbitration resolutions, assisting the many cases in Hawaii that involve uninsured and underinsured drivers. Our lawyers regularly present seminars in mediation and arbitration for personal injury attorneys in Hawaii and nationally.

We will advocate for you and protect you after an accident. At Trecker Fritz & Williams, we represent victims of accidents in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii. If you’re looking for a Honolulu personal injury lawyer, our lawyers each have more than 45 years of experience helping clients address the challenges after an accident.

Trustworthy Lawyers Who Understand Insurance Company Tactics

Our guidance to injured victims always begins with the advice of not speaking to the insurance company – speak to us first. Insurance companies do not have victims’ best interests in mind. Their priority is their own profits. Many companies act in bad faith to avoid paying a claim.

Bad faith refers to when an insurance company uses unfair – and even illegal – tactics to delay or deny a policyholder’s claim. Having handled thousands of bad faith claims successfully, we know what it takes to hold powerful insurance corporations accountable and put maximum compensation in your hands. Our attorneys frequently represent clients in bad faith litigation claims after insurance companies fail to treat the injured person fairly and promptly – particularly after car accidents.

Personalized Legal Attention And Wide-Ranging Experience In Auto Accident Claims

At our firm, we care about our clients. When we take your case, we ensure you receive individualized attention from our experienced attorneys, who are known for getting results. We have wide-ranging experience representing victims injured in all types of traffic accidents, including accidents involving:

  • Cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and pedestrians
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Drunk driving or drivers under the influence of drugs
  • Distracted driving and other types of negligent driving
  • Delivery drivers and other types of workers
  • Defective automobiles
  • Unsafe or poorly maintained roads

Whether you’re looking for a Honolulu pedestrian accident attorney, a Honolulu bicycle accident attorney or a Honolulu DUI accident lawyer, our team of professionals is here to meet your needs. We will work with you to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party to help you recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings and your pain and suffering.

Common Car Crash Injury Claims We Handle

In our considerable experience, we have seen cases involving just about every injury imaginable. Some of the most common and serious injuries in auto accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries from head-on collisions
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage affecting thoracic vertebrae and the mid-back
  • Partial or total paralysis from a rollover accident
  • Amputation of a limb
  • Broken bones resulting from a side-impact crash
  • Whiplash
  • Wrongful death

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, a Honolulu wrongful death attorney from our firm can help you seek justice.

What Negligent Behavior Causes Car Accidents In Hawaii?

Honolulu traffic accidents have a variety of causes; many involve multiple factors, making a claim exceedingly complicated. Just a few of the most common include:

  • Distracted driving, including texting while driving or talking on the phone
  • Driving while adjusting a navigation device
  • Driving while talking on the phone
  • Impaired driving, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Disobeying traffic laws
  • Drowsy driving, including falling asleep at the wheel
  • Reckless driving, including speeding or other traffic violations

Driving is a serious responsibility. Lives are at risk when negligent or reckless drivers are behind the wheel. At Trecker Fritz & Williams, we understand the risks on the road. We have seen every type of accident caused by careless drivers – and we know what steps to take to hold them accountable.

Determining Faults In Car Crashes

Hawaii abides by a comparative negligence rule when determining fault in a car or motorcycle accident. This means that people involved in an accident can still get compensation, even if it was partially their fault. However, the compensation they’re eligible to receive decreases as their comparative fault for the accident increases. For example, if a driver is 20% at fault for an accident and the damages they’ve suffered amount to $80,000, the maximum compensation they can receive is $64,000. To reach this figure, you calculate 20% of $80,000, which is $16,000, and then subtract that amount from the original sum.

What Drivers Need To Know About Hawaii No-Fault Insurance

Hawaii has a no-fault system for insurance. This means that when an accident happens, each driver’s insurance company is responsible for their and their passenger’s medical expenses, regardless of who was at fault. However, drivers can still bring a claim against the other driver’s insurance company if their injuries are severe. Examples of severe injuries include amputations, disfigurements and other significant and lasting impairments.

How We Can Help You With Your Car Accident Claim

Our goal is to maximize the compensation in your case. Our approach in every case involves utilizing state-of-the-art technology and using creative strategies to find the best solution for you. Regardless of where you live, we are able to take on your case and help you file a car accident lawsuit by using video conferencing, remote office access and electronic documents. If you are not sure what the best course of action is after an accident, reach out to our attorneys, who can offer their experienced legal advice.

Investigating The Accident And Proving Fault

Proving fault in an accident can be as difficult as determining the cause. Our lawyers make sure to cover all bases, from interviewing witnesses and the other driver to searching for surveillance footage of the crash. We will carefully review all insurance policies involved and find a creative approach to help you get the best possible outcome. We also regularly work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to determine the cause of the crash and the source of fault.

Supporting Your Health Recovery

Your health and safety are even more important to us than your legal case. That is why, in addition to our legal services, we can connect you to medical treatment to help you recover from your condition.

Providing Options For Avenues To Compensation

We’ve seen almost every kind of catastrophic injury and accident in the last three and a half decades, but we have also come to understand that every case is different and that the needs of every client are different. We have obtained successful outcomes for our clients in many personal injury cases through strong negotiations with insurance companies, mediation, arbitration or litigation when necessary. We know that every case is unique and requires a dedicated Honolulu driving accident attorney to thoroughly investigate and determine the best course of action – that is exactly what we do in every case.

Personalized Attention

Our law firm only takes on a limited number of cases. This means we are able to provide personal service to you every step of the way. We use state-of-the-art technology when handling your case and continue to receive referrals from other firms in all types of auto accident cases.

Providing Honest Answers After An Accident

For more than 40 years, each of our lawyers has represented victims of accidents in Honolulu car accident cases. We also serve clients in Kauai and throughout Hawaii. If you’re looking for a Honolulu tourist claims lawyer, we also work with people who are visiting from elsewhere in the world.

We have helped residents and visitors to Hawaii understand their rights and outlook. We know the system. We’ve had success in the system. Let us answer your questions, starting with the ones we get the most.

What does compensation look like after a car accident?

When you get into a car accident, compensation just looks like enough money to pay your bills. However, that’s an oversimplification. You can receive compensation for the following:

  • Initial treatment
  • Destroyed property
  • Time lost at work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Ongoing medical bills

Any financial or emotional loss you’ve suffered from the accident is a compensable factor.

Are low-speed accident injuries serious?

While “low speed” sounds like a minor incident, the truth is quite different. It doesn’t take all that much force to injure a person seriously. Moreover, a person in a “fender bender” may not know exactly how hurt they are until they feel serious symptoms. This can be hours or days later; by that point, it may be too late to stop some problems.

It is vital to see a doctor after any accident, no matter the speed, because you can’t know how hurt you are until you do.

What should I do if the insurance company offers a fast settlement?

If the insurance company offers you a settlement right away, you should consider whether or not it is worth it. Speaking with a team member at Trecker Fritz & Williams about the settlement can help you navigate the issues. However, you should remember that an insurance company is not on your side; they’re trying to pay as little for your recovery as possible.

It is time to take a hard look at the circumstances of the offer and think about your options.

How long do I have to file a claim after an accident?

In Hawaii, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. That may sound like a lot of time, but it moves faster than you’d expect.

What should I do if I am hurt while vacationing in Hawaii?

If you don’t live in Hawaii, but your injury case is in Hawaii, it’s probably best to consider speaking with a local attorney who understands how to pursue compensation in Hawaii’s courts. Honolulu car accident attorneys at Trecker Fritz & Williams have the experience and local network to support those who have been in a car crash.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Experienced Hawaii Car Accident Attorneys

Do not wait to speak with us after an accident. We are here to help. Call 808-797-3363 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.