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In any serious accident, the actions taken right after the accident, up to and throughout attorney case organization can prepare people for car accident lawsuits.
Steps to take from the outset of an accident
-Obtaining an experienced Honolulu auto accident attorney is the most important step an injured individual can take to prepare for an accident lawsuit. The lawyer’s skills and experience generally determine the outcome of the case.
-Under Hawaii Revised Statutes, drivers involved in an accident that involves bodily injury or more than $3,000 in property damage must remain at the scene after the accident. The police need to arrive and create an accident report. Lawyers or parties directly involved in the accident can obtain copies of the report to use as evidence in the case.
-Obtaining immediate medical treatment is also extremely important, because it documents the fact that the accident caused the injury. Opposing counsel often tries to argue that an injury was pre-existing and that the accident did not cause it. A plaintiff’s auto accident attorney may even have clients obtain multiple medical opinions to establish the extent of the injury and the fact that the accident caused it.
-If at all possible, gathering information at the accident scene helps with case preparation. Obtaining the names and contact information of witnesses and other parties in the accident, and taking cell phone photos of the accident scene, may provide an accident lawyer with valuable evidence to substantiate a claim.
-Follow your attorney’s advice throughout the case preparation. If the case goes to trial and the court requires testimony, try to remain level-headed and provide a factual account of what occurred. Do not get rattled by opposing counsel’s attempt to confuse or twist information. Understand that a trial is an adversarial process and these are tactics that one side uses to attempt to prevail over the other side.
Consult an experienced auto accidents law firm
Cronin, Freid, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Attorneys at Law has the largest personal injury practice on Hawaii and handles cases throughout Oahu, Kauai and Maui. The firm has handled hundreds of accident cases and obtained significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and you owe no fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation.
Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Attorneys At Law
A Law Corporation
841 Bishop Street, Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813