Drunk Driving accident Lawyer
Hawaii Personal injury attorney
William H. Lawson, Attorney at Law
1188 Bishop St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 524-5300 New Client Hotline
Phone: (808) 528-2525 Main Business Line
The Deadline to File a Drunk Driver Claim
The deadline for certain drunk driver claims in
Hawaii is two (2) years from the date of the injury. Other deadlines for motor vehicle accident
related claims may apply to such claims (see motor vehicle
section of this website).
Generally Hawaii law recognizes claims against drunk drivers for the damages they cause. The Hawaii courts may even impose liability on the sellers of liquor for the damages that drunk drivers cause (dramshop liability).
Intoxicated adult drivers who injure themselves do not have a claim against those who provide them with liquor which is recognized by the Hawaii courts at this time. Even the claims of intoxicated
minor drivers who injure themselves are generally are not recognized by the Hawaii courts at
this time- Winters v. Silver Fox Bar, 71 Haw. 524, 797 P.2d 51 (1990) [A minor who sustains injury due to his or her own voluntary intoxication is not within class of persons protected by the statute prohibiting sale of liquor to minors, and thus is precluded from suing a commercial liquor supplier]. However, it is possible that the Hawaii Supreme Court is in the
process of revisiting this issue.
At present, however, it appears that only other parties who are injured
by a drunk person's driving (and not the driver himself) are clearly protected by Hawaii's drunk driver law.
- Our office charges on a contingency fee basis in accident cases which we accept. There is no charge for an initial consultation to evaluate your case. E-mail us or call us at 1-808-528-2525 if you have any more questions.
- If you believe that you may have a claim of this type, please take a few moments to visit with a paralegal to outline the nature of your claim. Thank you!
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Hawaii Personal Injury and Accident Law News and Cases
On June 29, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court rendered its decision in the case of St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance, Hi. Sup. Ct. Case No SCCQ-14-0000727 (June 29, 2015). This case arose out of a wrongful death personal injury case handled by this office which resulted in a $4.1 million verdict in favor of our clients - even though Liberty Mutual, the primary liability insurer, never offered anything even close to its policy limits of $1 million. St. Paul - who had to pay our clients everything recovered in excess of the initial $1 million - claimed that Liberty Mutual committed bad faith towards it by failing to settle within its $1 million policy limits. The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed and found that an excess insurer has claims for bad faith against a primary insurer.