Under Hawaii law, any driver who is involved in an accident where the apparent damage to the other car exceeds $3,000 or when any person involved in the accident is apparently injured must report the accident to the police department as soon as possible after the accident. If you are a victim anyone who is involved in the accident is entitled to receive a copy of the report upon request to the appropriate law enforcement office where the accident occurred, under Hawaii statute §291C-20. The agency may require a fee for copies.
Accident Reports are Necessary
When you are involved in an automobile accident and are injured, you may need a copy of the report for your insurance company. In addition, if you have sustained damages that exceed the limits of Hawaii’s no-fault rules, you are entitled to take legal action against the person who caused the accident. The accident report will provide details of the accident as well as indicate who the law enforcement officers believe was responsible for the accident.
After Getting an Accident Report
Car accident victims typically have had to seek medical attention after an accident. This means they also reported the accident to their insurance company and may also need to seek the assistance of an attorney if their injuries are caused by someone’s negligence behind the wheel. For example, if you were struck by a drunk driver, someone ran a stop sign, or a driver was distracted by a cellular phone or other electronic device and struck your vehicle, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Working with an attorney just after obtaining your accident reports can help ensure that your rights are protected; they can help you get compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and medical bills.
Why You Would Need an Attorney?
Hawaii personal injury laws are complex and are even more complex with the no-fault provisions found in our insurance. If you have suffered injuries that are life-changing, such as TBI, disfigurement, or mental or emotional issues after an accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation for your injuries. Without working with an attorney who can review the auto accident report, review your medical records, and speak with any witnesses, you will not be able to pursue a civil suit for damages that you may be entitled to. Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for a personal injury is two years from the date of the accident, so time is of the essence.
Car accidents can result in minor injuries that heal quickly or can result in injuries that can change a victim’s life. No one should have to suffer the financial consequences of long-term medical care when they are involved in an automobile accident. After seeking medical attention, request a copy of your accident report and contact an attorney who can deal with car accident claims. The sooner you have someone review your case on your behalf, the sooner you will know the best way to proceed.