Monday, September 16, 2019

You Must Be Alert Driving on Maui

Maui has a large amount of traffic on its roads.  In addition to residents of our island, there are about three million visitors to Maui each year.  A significant number of those visitors rent vehicles to see the scenic beauty of the island making Maui is one of the busiest car rental ports in the nation.  Despite the recent airport expansion enabling rental car companies to park vehicles closer to airport terminals, the Maui rental market has already outgrown the expansion.  Rental companies park thousands of vehicles on vacant lots close to the airport and shuttle vehicles to the lot as necessary. 

Drivers distracted by other passengers, the ocean views or cell phones can cause accidents and despite the beautiful vistas, Maui's roads require the full attention of drivers.  The Hana Highway is narrow in places and, even though the road is maintained often, the forces of nature make the job a never-ending task.  Traffic is almost always heavy on the road to Lahaina and Kaanapali. 

Just this week, a motorcycle went over a guardrail on the Honoapiilani Highway, there was a fatal vehicle accident in Kahului and a landslide near Kipahulu.  These accidents demonstrate the need for full attention.  Already, the fatality rate for vehicle accidents on Maui is significantly higher this year than last.  (33% higher.)

Please remember to drive safely and take your time.

If you or a loved one have been in an accident, call our office for a free consultation.  We may be able to help you recover compensation for negligence, a wrongful death situation or other personal injury.

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