Motor vehicle accidents, including car crashes, truck and motorcycle accidents, comprise the most common type of personal injury case handled by Roy J. Bell III, AAL, ALC. Mr. Bell has successfully handled thousands of car accident cases in Honolulu and Hawaii. With over 30 years of litigation experience in personal injury law, Mr. Bell has the knowledge, experience, and legal skills to recover the full compensation his clients deserve. He handles a wide spectrum of auto accident cases, from cases involving moderate injuries to serious, catastrophic injuries, such as fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and burn injuries.
Auto Accident Statistics
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, an auto accident occurs every ten seconds in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System states that there were 138 total traffic fatalities in Hawaii alone in 2007. Additionally, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,995 fatalities and 106,000 injuries due to crashes involving large trucks in the United States in 2006.
Types of Recovery
Mr. Bell personally understands the devastating type of injuries auto accidents can cause and the horrendous impact these injuries can have on victims and their families. After an accident, many auto accident injury victims have mounting bills and expenses. Mr. Bell assists accident injury victims in obtaining the compensation they are entitled to, such as the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Disability or permanent disfigurement
- Other costs directly connected to the accident
Mr. Bell also represents surviving family members, such as surviving spouses and children, who have lost their loved ones due to the intentional or negligent conduct of another, in initiating wrongful death claims. He has helped many families recover for the losses they have suffered from losing their loved one.
Hawaii's Automobile Insurance Laws
Hawaii is a no-fault insurance state, which means that regardless of who is at-fault, the injured person's insurance company has to pay for the injured person and his or her passenger's injuries, up to the policy's personal injury protection limit (PIP). Hawaii requires that drivers have at minimum $10,000 per person in PIP benefits to pay for medical and rehabilitation costs. The law also requires drivers to have a minimum of $20,000 per person/$40,000 per accident bodily injury liability, and $10,000 per occurrence property damage liability.
Although the injured person's insurance company should pay for most of the person's expenses under the policy, disputes with insurance companies frequently arise because insurers are generally concerned with minimizing the amount they have to pay on claims. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist injured individuals in obtaining the compensation they are entitled to from their insurers.
Accident injury victims should be aware that despite being a no-fault insurance state, Hawaii does allow injured parties to sue the at-fault party if the injured person's damages exceed $5,000. If you have been injured in an accident, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer for advice.
Mr. Bell handles auto accident and personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if there is no recovery, there is no fee. Initial consultations are also free.
For an experienced and committed personal injury attorney, contact Roy J. Bell III, Attorney at Law, A Law Corporation for a free initial consultation today.