According to the Honolulu Police Department, an unidentified man in his twenties was struck by a trolley while crossing Ala Moana Boulevard in July, 2013. Emergency services brought the accident victim to Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Police investigated whether alcohol or speeding contributed to the crash of the Enoa Tours Waikiki trolley, as is typically done in motor vehicle accident case investigations.
Time is of the Essence: The importance of preserving evidence
In both personal injury and wrongful death claims involving motor vehicle accidents, it is essential to act quickly in order to preserve crucial evidence which may prove that another’s negligence caused the accident. A skilled personal injury attorney will work diligently to quickly secure records of the accident from police and any insurance company involved. In addition, by conducting a thorough independent investigation, which may involve accident reconstruction, gathering of additional eyewitness statements, or other investigative techniques, your motor vehicle accident attorney will be able to preserve and fully document the circumstances of the accident to prove the other party’s negligence.
Time is of the Essence: Complying with Hawaii’s Statute of Limitations
Following a motor vehicle accident, it is crucial to act quickly not just for purposes of evidence preservation, but also in order to comply with state law deadlines for the timely filing of a personal injury or wrongful death suit. Hawaii state law generally requires that wrongful death suits be filed within two years of the victim’s death. Personal injury suits similarly have a two year statute of limitations from the time when the cause of the suit accrued, usually coinciding with the date of the accident.
It is crucial to act quickly and effectively following a motor vehicle accident in order to timely file suit and preserve crucial evidence.