A recent study released in partnership with Hawaii’s State Department of Health and other state and local agencies found that more than fifty per cent of fatal crashes occurring in Hawaii County are caused by drivers operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Notably, the state average for fatal crashes caused by drivers driving under the influence (“DUI” or “DWI”) was thirty-eight per cent, with the national average even lower, at thirty-two per cent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports that more than 10,200 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents across the nation in 2010, amounting to nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths nationwide.
Available compensation for injuries suffered in a DUI/DWI accident
DUI/DWI injury claims, like other personal injury claims, potentially entitle a victim to several forms of compensation. Available compensation may include:
Reimbursement of medical expenses
Reimbursement of rehabilitative therapies
Payments for pain and suffering experienced
Lost wages due to an inability to work resulting from the injuries
How much time do I have following a DUI/DWI to file a personal injury claim?
Hawaii state law gives injured parties a two-year window, known as the “Statute of Limitations,” within which they may file suit against the party responsible for their injuries. Due to the fact that this period generally starts to run from the time of the DUI/DWI accident, it is recommended to seek the advice of a Hawaii personal injury attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure that your claim is timely filed. The statute of limitations for claims against a drunk driver could be different from claims against a bar.