In any serious accident, the actions taken right after the
accident, up to and throughout attorney case organization can prepare people for car accident
Steps to take from the outset of an accident
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.
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
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 808.524.1433
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