Frequently Asked Questions After A Car Accident
At Trecker Fritz & Williams, we want to inform our clients about their rights and help them find the best road to recovery. To help you understand what your options are after a crash and why it is important to consider all options before signing anything with your insurance company, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions about car accidents and our responses.
Car Accident FAQs And Our Answers
What compensation is available after being injured in an accident?
Generally speaking, most car accident victims in Hawaii will be able to recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and earning capacity, vehicular repair, and pain and suffering. On rare occasions, punitive damages may be awarded — these are damages awarded solely to punish the at-fault party.
We can only arrive at a reasonable estimate of compensation after a thorough investigation and reconstruction of your accident. Other variables may impact your total compensation as well — for instance, if you are found partially at fault, it will reduce your compensation.
Can low-speed collisions still cause serious injuries?
Yes. Even vehicles travelling at slow speeds can cause serious injuries in crashes. This is especially true for accidents involving larger vehicles, especially large trucks and semitrucks. Low-impact collisions can cause significant damage to a person, often to the individual’s neck or back. These injuries can lead to chronic pain and make it difficult to continue working or enjoying normal daily activities. In these situations, it is best to seek medical attention and speak to a lawyer right away about what action to take to ensure you can get the best medical care possible after an accident.
Should I accept a quick settlement from the insurance company after a crash?
No. Though many insurance adjusters are pleasant and friendly, they work for the insurance companies and are concerned about saving their employers money, first and foremost. They are not concerned about your best interests and fairness.
Insurance adjusters know that many injuries only reveal themselves days and weeks after an accident. The sooner you settle your claim, the less likely it is that you’ll know the full extent of your injuries and medical expenses. And once you settle, there’s no going back to the adjuster for additional funds later. The claim is considered closed.
Accepting a quick settlement offer almost always means you’re settling for a lot less than your claim is actually worth. If you are involved in an auto accident, your best course of action is to contact an experienced attorney, someone who will look after your best interests.
How long do I have to file a claim or lawsuit?
In Hawaii, the statute of limitations for most injury claims is two years from the date of the injury or loss. Every case is dependent on specific factors so it is best to consult a lawyer to discuss the specifics of your claim.
What should I do if I was injured in Hawaii but live in another state?
If you suffer an injury while vacationing or visiting Hawaii, you will need to contact an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the state of Hawaii. This is important for a couple of reasons: First, you need a personal injury lawyer that has a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the personal injury laws in Hawaii. Second, personal injury laws can vary a great deal from state to state. Our attorneys have experience representing individuals from all over the country and globe in accident claims.
Learn more about what you should know before you hire an attorney by visiting our Before Your Hire Us page.
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