The Honolulu car accident attorneys at Shim & Chang, Attorneys at Law have represented hundreds of auto accident victims in Hawaii over decades of practice. We have the experience and resources to handle even the most serious and challenging auto accident cases, often taking on cases that demand extensive preparation, research, and creativity to achieve a fair recovery. We cut no corners when investigating and building a claim for compensation. We often consult experts to reconstruct the accident, biomechanics to tell us if there are any defects in the vehicle, and highway traffic engineers to search for hazardous conditions in the road or roadside. As a law firm that takes pride in thoroughness and results, we explore every avenue of recovery available to our clients.
In Hawaii, you have the legal right to sue a negligent driver if you have suffered a severe and permanent injury, someone lost their life, or the medical bills paid by the no-fault insurance carrier total $5,000 or more. Just suffering an injury does not entitle you to compensation. You need to prove that the other driver was negligent, careless, or acted irresponsibly, and that you were not more at fault than the other driver. Proving your case requires a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney. We, at Shim & Chang, have been that attorney for hundreds of clients over the years.
Unfortunately, some accidents involve irresponsible or intoxicated drivers who have either no insurance or not enough to fully compensate you for your injuries and losses. As a result, it takes an experienced attorney, one who is familiar with Hawaii’s auto insurance laws, to look for other sources of coverage such as uninsured motorist coverage (when injured by a driver with no insurance) or underinsurance motorist coverage (when injured by a driver with insufficient insurance coverage). We have taken cases all the way to the Hawaii Supreme Court to fight for more coverage for our clients, making new law in the process.
Not only do State and local counties have a legal duty to provide drivers with a safe shoulder to drive onto, they also have a duty to provide a safe road. Poorly designed roads, poorly marked curves, and poorly lit roads are magnets for accidents. The lack of suitable guardrails and other highway safety devices can also lead to catastrophic accidents and injuries.
Drivers in Hawaii have gotten worse. Not only are they distracted by cellphones, they drive faster, run more red lights, and ignore the rights of bicyclists, moped riders, and pedestrians. As a result, traffic fatalities and other catastrophic injuries in Honolulu are on the rise every year. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a traffic accident, you should trust your case to the lawyers whom other lawyers trust with a track record of success in all types of injuries, including the most serious, paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain damage, and death.
If you are involved in an auto accident, your first concern has to be for your safety. Here, briefly, are some steps to take:
Of course, the specific circumstances of your accident may force you to diverge from this list. If the driver who hit you is intoxicated, you don’t want to engage. Stay in your car and wait for the police. If your vehicle cannot be moved, you have to decide whether you are safer inside the car or out. You must weigh the danger of a second collision with an oncoming vehicle against the danger of crossing the road to safety. But no matter the circumstances, you must keep a cool head and contact Shim and Chang as soon as possible.
If you are in need of an auto accident lawyer in Honolulu, call Shim & Chang, Attorneys at Law at 808-524-5803 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. As our client, you pay no attorney’s fees until we recover compensation on your behalf. If your injury prevents you from coming to our offices, we can come to you.
“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our case and have Shim & Chang to thank for it. Our case was a difficult personal injury case. Never having been a party to a legal matter like this, we had no idea what to expect, but from the beginning, the attorneys explained every step of the process, in terms that we understood. They were professional, responsive, patient, thorough and most importantly, realistic. We were treated with courtesy and respect by both the attorneys and their staff. We highly recommend the firm to anyone looking for exceptional representation on a personal injury case.”
-Beth Stefano, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Google
“As a law abiding citizen, I had never envisioned a need for an attorney until I was rear-ended. Searching for an attorney wasn’t a problem for me because I had heard a lot about the law firm of Shim and Chang. Mr. Chang is someone you will immediately feel comfortable with. In a short period of time, my anxieties had lessened because of his calm demeanor. Due to his reputation and years of court experience, my case was resolved in a timely manner and I was extremely happy with my settlement. Thank you, Mr. Chang!”
-Wanda Wong, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Google
“I have worked with the Attorneys at Shim & Chang, and have seen the compassion, effectiveness and pride they take with each and every case. They have practiced for over 35 years, and are committed to helping people have suffered personal injuries. I highly recommend them to my friends and family.”
-Ikaika Nakoa, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Google
"Shim & Chang were committed to helping my son no matter how long it took. They got the settlement we needed to take care of him for the rest of his life."
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