Auto accidents often come out of nowhere, frequently leaving drivers, passengers or pedestrians seriously injured. These accidents may involve cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians or a combination of these. If you are injured in a collision with another vehicle, it’s important to engage a skilled and dedicated lawyer right away. At the Law Offices of Brian J. DeLima, in Hilo, we represent clients in auto accident matters across the Big Island. With years of collective knowledge and experience, our lawyers have a strong track record in auto accident claims, settlements and lawsuits.
Our lawyers are adept at investigating all types of auto accidents and determining who is responsible for causing them. Common examples are:
Any of these accidents can cause whiplash, fractures or soft tissue injuries. They can also result in more serious harm, such as broken bones and trauma to the head or spinal cord. Because there may be multiple causes and parties who may share liability, it is important to have a knowledgeable legal advocate who can assist you with your claim.
Our firm is dedicated to protecting clients’ rights under the state’s car insurance laws. Hawaii is a no-fault car insurance state, which means that you must first seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage or lost income from your own insurance coverage. For s damages that exceed your policy limits, you can pursue a claim against the insurers of other drivers who may have been at fault and, if unsuccessful, you can file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your economic damages as well as for pain and suffering related to the accident. A pedestrian injured in a motor vehicle accident can make a claim against his or her own auto insurance policy or the at-fault driver’s insurance if he or she is uninsured.
In Hawaii, you must take legal action for damages or injuries within two years of your car accident. Under the state’s comparative negligence rules, you can sue for damages as long as you were not more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Further, your damage recovery will be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault.
To have the best chance at maximizing your compensation for auto accident injuries, you need an attorney who understands insurance company tactics and can press for a fair resolution. Our firm will evaluate your case and prepare and pursue the necessary insurance claims. As your advocates, we work to minimize allocation of fault to you. While we battle on your behalf, we treat you with sensitivity and try to make the legal process as stress-free as possible.
Hawaii’s no-fault and comparative negligence laws can be hard to navigate without a skilled legal adviser. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. DeLima right away after an accident so we can help you preserve your rights and assess what actions are necessary to get you the full compensation you deserve. Please call our Hilo office at 833-664-6245 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.