Hawaii Attorneys Diligent in Representing Trucking Accident Victims
Hilo law firm pursues full compensation for injuries
Trucks are heavier and larger than cars and consequently truck accidents often result in more extensive and debilitating injuries than automobile collisions. These tragic events can be reduced or avoided if truck drivers and companies observe minimum standard of care. Unfortunately, accidents frequently result from the negligence of truck drivers and the companies that hire them. With years of experience, the attorneys at the Hilo, Hawaii firm Law Offices of Brian J. DeLima can help you recover money damages from the negligent parties.
Experienced attorneys who understand the intricacies of truck collision cases
Our attorneys have experience representing the injured in all types of commercial vehicle accident cases, which can be caused by:
- Driver fatigue — Tragic accidents often result when drivers, due to pressure to meet delivery expectations, fail to follow federal and state rules that limit the number of hours they can drive and that require mandatory breaks.
- Negligent hiring — Trucking companies sometimes hire inexperienced drivers and put them on the road without adequate training.
- Improper loading — Overloaded or unsecured cargoes can shift, making the truck difficult to maneuver and potentially causing jack-knifes, rollovers and other accidents.
- Poor maintenance —Tire blowouts, brake failures and other mechanical malfunctions due to lack of proper maintenance can cause many commercial truck accidents.
- Impaired driving — Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more prone to accidents.
- Poor weather conditions — Drivers often go too fast during rain, snow, fog or other bad weather that limits not only visibility but also the vehicle’s ability to hold the road and come to a stop.
- Insufficient stopping distance — Even on a dry road, a fully loaded commercial truck weighing 80,000 pounds traveling at 65 mph can take 525 feet to come to a complete stop, compared with 316 feet for a 4,000 lb. passenger vehicle.
- Limited visibility — The size of commercial vehicles, combined with the restricted views provided by their mirrors, can severely limit drivers’ lines of sight.
Our dedicated lawyers and staff will work hard to uncover the factors that contributed to your accident and will seek to hold the negligent parties responsible for the full value of your claim.
Seasoned attorneys who fight for maximum insurance recoveries
Under Hawaii’s strict no-fault insurance system, recovering damages for serious injuries in a truck accident requires establishing negligence on the part of the truck driver and other defendants, which may include violation of state or federal regulations. A trucking accident may involve insurance claims against multiple parties, which may include:
- Truck drivers — Negligent, reckless or impaired driver may be liable for the accidents resulting from their negligent.
- Truck owners and lessors — Trucking companies can be held responsible not only for their employees but also for their own actions, such as incentivizing or even requiring drivers to ignore safety regulations.
- Truck or parts manufacturers — Defects in commercial trucks or their individual components may contribute to the accident.
- Shipping companies — The loader of a vehicle can be held responsible if the cargo is too heavy or is improperly secured, leading to an accident.
Attorneys will conduct an intensive investigation to determine responsibility for your accident, assess the insurance coverage available and work to hold the negligent parties accountable for your injuries to the full extent possible.
Contact an assertive Hilo lawyer to fight for the compensation you deserve
At the Law Offices of Brian J. DeLima, we believe all injured people have the right to zealous representation so that they can be made whole. We will help you level the playing field against the trucking company. Call us at 833-664-6245 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.