In Hawaii, innocent people are injured and killed in car accidents that could have been easily avoided. The reality is that many motor vehicle accidents are caused by negligent drivers who fail to abide by state traffic laws. Victims of car accidents may recover damages for any injuries or damages caused by a negligent driver.
While the types of compensation you receive in your settlement will depend on the specific facts of your case, there are some common forms of compensation after an accident. For example, many car accident victims who have suffered one or more injuries will recover damages for their past and future medical expenses. These expenses may include hospital stay costs, ambulance fees, physical therapy or rehabilitation, and medical consultations. In more serious cases, a victim may recover damages for disfigurement and permanent disability. To recover medical expenses, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after your car accident to have them do a complete medical examination.
Lost wages and loss of earning capacity are also common damage for car accident victims. Many accident victims find that they cannot work for weeks or months following their accident and are compensated for the work they miss, typically based on past earned income. In some cases, diminished work abilities may prevent accident victims from working in the future. In such cases, the victim may recover damages for their lost earning capacity, or future loss of earnings.
Accident victims often suffer mentally as well as physically after a car accident and therefore, can recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish. These damages can be more difficult to prove, but many factors will be considered when determining what amount to award.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover damages by filing a lawsuit against them. A personal injury attorney can explain the types of damages that may be awarded to you if your suit is successful.