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Our Maui truck accident lawyers can help you through the difficult time of dealing with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer accident claim. We are here to help you receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages, as well as issues like property damage resulting from these types of truck accidents. If you have been injured in a Maui truck accident you need to contact an experienced attorney today.

Thankfully, if you have been injured in a Maui truck accident, you don’t need to handle it on your own. The help of the experienced Maui truck accident legal team at Empire Law can be just what you and your loved ones need to get back on your feet. 

We are prepared to work hard for you and our team is here for you 24/7. Call our firm today at (808) 633-8542 for a free consultation.

Truck Stats & Facts

Our county has hundreds of trucks registered for commercial purposes. From pick-up trucks to semis, many of these trucks travel on Maui highways and roads each day and night.

Truck Classifications

Trucks are classified into eight categories by the Federal Highway Administration:

  • Class 1: Under 6,000 lbs. (ie. small pick-up or minivan)
  • Class 2: 6,000 to 10,000 lbs.
  • Class 3: 10,000 to 14,000 lbs. (ie. minivan)
  • Class 4: 14,000 to 16,000 lbs.
  • Class 5: 16,000 to 19,500 lbs. (ie. delivery truck)
  • Class 6: 19,500 to 26,000 lbs. (ie. school bus)
  • Class 7: 26,000 to 33,000 lbs.
  • Class 8: Over 33,000 lbs. (ie. semi truck or tour bus)

A commercial driver’s license is required for drivers who operate heavy-duty trucks (those in class seven and eight).

Truck Accident Stats

Here are some statistics about truck accidents in the United States from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants.
  • Many truck accidents in the State were related to drug or alcohol use.
  • Many truck accidents occur in Maui construction zones.
  • Many truck accidents happened on rural roads.
  • Truck driver fatigue is a known crash risk.
  • Truck braking capability can be a factor in crashes.

Organizations like the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization exist to help improve our roads and ensure Federal and State investments are being made to improve the safety of our roads. Unfortunately, tractor-trailer and semi-truck accidents continue to pose a major threat on our roads. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact our truck accident lawyer with Empire Law for a free consultation. We can give you feedback on how best to pursue your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents on Maui

No two truck accidents are the same. However, our truck Maui accident lawyer has seen that truck collisions tend to be caused by certain hazards which are common and many of which are avoidable.

Driver Negligence

Following the rules of the road is all the more important for truck drivers. When a truck driver doesn’t follow safe driving practices, the results can be catastrophic for all involved. 

Examples of driver negligence that cause accidents include:

  • Unsafe lane change: Commercial vehicles often have larger blind spots than regular passenger vehicles. This makes it more difficult for truck operators to see passenger cars leading to unsafe lane changes resulting in accidents.
  • Distracted driving: Truck drivers can become distracted when using their mobile phone or other portable devices while driving. They may also be receiving communication from their office or other drivers while on the road. The increased risk involved when distracted by a phone has led to mobile phone use being restricted for commercial drivers on Maui.
  • Failure to yield: It can be difficult, if not impossible, for drivers to react quickly enough to avoid an accident when a truck driver fails to yield or stop at a stop sign or any other road sign or signal.

Training is required so commercial drivers understand safety regulations and safe driving guidelines. Despite this mandatory training, mistakes and carelessness still happen. A truck crash attorney can investigate and uncover any negligent actions that led to an accident. 

Overworked Operators

In order to meet targeted delivery times and quotas, trucking companies often put pressure on their drivers. Trucking companies may put pressure on their drivers to meet tight delivery times. Inclement weather, traffic and road work can put a driver behind schedule.

Overworked drivers operating a powerful vehicle can lead to tragic consequences.

A truck accident lawyer can carefully examine driver logbooks and collect all of the evidence needed to determine whether the truck driver was compliant with our local commercial driving regulations. 

Poor Maintenance

Our local laws also require that commercial vehicles are maintained at a higher level than standard vehicles and that trucking companies and their drivers must abide by these elevated standards. Regulations on mud flaps, truck size & weight, brakes, axle load, cargo securement, reflective surfaces, signage, etc. all exist. Maintaining all of the parts on a commercial vehicle is hard work and big issues can occur when small details are not attended to properly.

Our Maui truck accident legal team knows what to look for after an accident to prove liability. If you have suffered personal injury after an accident with a truck or commercial vehicle, you need a reliable truck accident lawyer who can give you the help you need. A free consultation with the team at Empire Law can help you understand your options after an accident.

Liable Parties

Your truck crash attorney will thoroughly investigate each truck accident to understand the unique fact pattern and circumstances that caused the accident.

To ensure maximum compensation for injured victims, it’s important to properly identify all potentially liable parties in a truck accident. Frequently, more than one party has contributed to the cause of the crash and should therefore should be held liable.

The Driver

All too often the driver, trucking company and/or insurance company try to deny any fault or wrongdoing in the accident, even when they are at fault. Our Maui truck accident legal team will gather evidence to prove if any negligent actions by the driver were responsible for the truck crash.

Unsafe driving practices by the driver are also at the root of many truck accidents. A truck driver can be found liable if they engaged in any negligent practices. Negligent behavior includes:

  • Failing to follow company and or local and federal safety guidelines
  • Driving while distracted
  • Failing to properly contain cargo

The Trucking Company

After a thorough investigation, we can determine if we think the company that employed the truck driver should be held liable for negligence. Common negligent acts include:

  • Hiring unqualified or untrained operators
  • Failing to keep the truck in a safe operating condition
  • Failure to comply with maximum Hours of Service regulations

A trucking company that ignores the safety standards set in place puts lives at risk. When their negligence or even willful disregard for safety leads to personal injury, a truck accident lawyer can ensure that the liable party is held accountable for their actions. Your lawyer can also investigate to determine whether the trucking company has any citations or complaints regarding previous safety violations. 

Unfortunately, some trucking companies are more concerned with revenue than safety. They may have cut corners and or ignored State or Federal regulations to drive profits. At Empire Law, we look into excessive driver working hours, safety violations, poor hiring habits, vehicle maintenance issues for our injured clients

The Governmental Agency

Sometimes an accident is caused by hazards or road conditions that are out of a driver’s control. State or local government agencies are responsible for making sure their roadways are maintained so they are reasonably safe for travel. The State or local government may be liable for damages caused by poorly maintaining their roads.

Legal action against a government agency is not easy. If your truck accident on Maui was caused by government negligence, contact the team at Empire Law right away for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and how to best seek compensation for your injuries.

The Manufacturer

Defects on a truck may also lead to a crash. Defective parts could include tires, brakes, headlights, horns, airbags, etc. After an investigation, our staff can determine whether a manufacturing defect or issue contributed to the cause of the accident. 

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Common Damages from a Truck Accident

A truck accident can cause a wide range of issues for an accident victim. Hawaii law allows for victims of truck crashes to recover compensation for their physical, financial and or emotional injuries. Common injuries include:

Physical Injuries

Truck accident victims often suffer serious injuries. Examples of these injuries include:

  • Broken bones (including arms & legs)
  • Internal bleeding/injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury

Its important that you see a medical professional soon after enduring a truck accident on Maui. A doctor is best suited to identify serious as well as subtle injuries you may have sustained. The quicker you can have your medical issues diagnosed, the faster you will be able to get treatment and start recovering.

Financial Losses

Many victims face quickly escalating financial expenses after being in a truck accident on Maui. Time off from work may be required to help with your physical and emotional recovery. If you are able to work, you may be limited in the type of work and or hours you can perform.

Medical treatment and rehabilitation for injuries and recovery can be expensive. Medical bills from surgery, prescriptions, and home care can rapidly add up after an accident. You may need to make changes to your home or car during your recovery. 

You are entitled to compensation for your financial losses due to medical bills and or lost earnings.

Emotional Damages

Damages suffered from a truck accident can be difficult to measure financially. Victims often experience pain and suffering after the accident, including PTSD & emotional stress.

Personal injuries suffered can be severe enough to result in a permanent disability or disfigurement. These emotional damages are not easily measured and deserve compensation.

Working with our Maui truck accident lawyer at Empire Law will ensure your emotional damages are carefully weighed in your settlement. Our legal team has the experience, drive, and resources needed to fight for you and your loved ones.

Info on Truck Accidents

Common Causes

Driver Negligence, Overworked Drivers, Poor Vehicle Maintenance

Common Damages

Physical injuries, Financial Loss, Emotional Damage

Insurance Requirement for Truck Drivers

Hawaii law requires commercial truck policies to have a minimum liability limit per person and per accident for bodily injury. Some policies require higher limits based on the type of vehicle being insured


There are usual over 10,000 truck or car accidents in Hawaii each year and more than 100 traffic fatalities.

Truck Accidents Defined

Trucking accidents are defined as vehicle collisions involving tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles that cause personal injury and/or property damage. Truck accidents tend to be more catastrophic than car accidents.

How Truck Accident Claims Are Unique

Truck accidents are unique because they involve a large commercial vehicle. The size and weight of commercial vehicles means that many truck accidents result in serious damage and injury. Due to the extent of injury and financial loss that often results from a Maui truck accident, it’s very important that you work with a Maui truck accident lawyer that specializes in these cases.

These cases are complex because they involve commercial vehicles with special insurance. The regulations surrounding commercial truck insurance policies are different from those for standard cars. Insurance companies are not your friend and the insurance company and trucking company have an incentive to avoid responsibility for the accident and work to find ways to deny your claim.

Let a Maui Based Truck Accident Lawyer Help You

After a truck accident, it is common to feel anxious and overwhelmed. You deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you have suffered but the process to file a claim, communicate with insurance companies, and understand your legal options often feels like too much.

We are here to help! We provide our clients with legal representation they can rely on, and we are ready to go the extra mile to help our clients get the compensation they deserve.

We are available to answer all the questions you may have, including information on insurance policies, statute of limitations for claims in Hawaii, and whether or not you should file a lawsuit after your accident.

With over 20 years of legal experience, we are well-versed in Hawaii laws and have the resources and knowledge needed to fight for you. Let our local truck accident lawyer put her expertise to work for you and your family.

Call us today at (808) 633-8542 to talk with one of our truck accident lawyers for a free consultation.


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