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Car Accidents By The Numbers: Hawaii Traffic Accident Statistics

There are almost one million registered vehicles in Hawaii, and motorized transportation is part of most Hawaiian's daily lives, from the urban streets of Honolulu to the winding Road to Hana. Unfortunately, accidents happen in Hawaii at the surprising rate of about 10,000 serious traffic accidents a year. While road safety and awareness is always improving, car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents continue to be a major cause of injury and death on the islands.

Here Are Some Recent Hawaii Car Accident Statistics:

  • According to Hawaii's Department of Transportation, there are between 120 and 150 traffic accident fatalities across the state each year.
  • Between 8,000 and 12,000 people are seriously injured in Hawaii car accidents each year.
  • Between 20 and 30 people are killed each year in Hawaii in pedestrian accidents. Over 500 people are seriously injured when hit by a vehicle.
  • Between 10 and 20 people are killed each year while riding bicycles or motorized scooters. Hundreds of people are seriously injured while cycling or on a mo-ped.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 42 people were killed in drunk driving accidents and 40 percent of all fatal car crashes involved alcohol.
  • Speed or reckless driving was a factor in 37 fatal car accidents in Hawaii last year, about 35 percent of all fatal accidents. It is the leading cause of car accidents in Hawaii next to driving under the influence.
  • Besides speeding, the major causes of car accidents in Hawaii include failure to yield, crossing the yellow line, driving the wrong way on a road, improper turns, and following too close. Common human factors that contribute to car accidents in Hawaii other than drug and alcohol consumption include distracted driving, illness, fatigue, legal medicines, and misjudgment.
  • There are three age groups most likely to be killed in a traffic accident in Hawaii: 18-25, 40-50, and 65 plus.
  • During a recent observational study, nine out of ten Hawaiians used their seat belts while behind the wheel and 90 percent of babies were secured in safety seats. However, around 30,000 tickets are written each year for drivers and passengers who aren't buckled up and 1,000 citations are written for children who are not properly secured in car seats.

Even if you follow all of the rules of the road, you could become involved in a serious or even fatal car accident because of the actions of others: speeding drivers, distracted drivers, reckless drivers, or drunk drivers could be responsible for your accident and injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident and are seeking compensation, speak with an experience Hawaii car accident attorney today.