Be careful, there are a lot of drowsy drivers out there. Hawaii ranked
second among 19 states taking part in a recent survey of more than 147,000
drivers coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). Nearly 6 percent of drivers surveyed in Hawaii reported that they
had nodded off while driving.
Centers for Disease Control
Drowsy drivers are dangerous drivers. They pose a risk to other motorists
and pedestrians sharing the roadways. Drowsy driving is the reason behind
about 2.5 percent of fatal car crashes and 2 percent of non-fatal crashes
each year, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) reports.
Factors in Hawaii that Lead to Drowsy Driving
Why does Hawaii rank so high for drowsy driving? There are various factors
that contribute to the high percentage of drivers who have admitted to
falling asleep while driving. Shift work leading to too little sleep and
other public health factors may have contributed to the high numbers of
vehicle accidents in the state, and the prevalence of drowsy driving.
Among the factors identified by CDC researchers as contributing to drowsy
driving are frequent insufficient sleep during the preceding 30 days,
the driver's average sleep duration, and snoring, which diminishes
the quality of sleep.
Centers for Disease Control
Drowsy Driving: A Serious Problem in Hawaii
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that as many as 21 percent
of fatal traffic accidents involve driver fatigue - a much higher percentage
than has been reported by the NHTSA.
The NHTSA statistics are compiled from police reports and may not include
driver fatigue as a contributing factor. A driver who caused an accident
may not admit to falling asleep, or being aware that he or she had fallen
asleep. The AAA study involved crashes in which a vehicle was towed, and
drowsy driving was evaluated as a potential contributing factor. The study
revealed that about one-third of these accidents resulted in an injury,
and more than 6,000 drowsy-driving accidents led to at least one fatality.
Proportion of Crashes with a Drowsy Driver, U.S. (2009-2013)
How to Watch Out For Drowsy Drivers in Hawaii
How can you identify a driver who may be falling asleep behind the wheel?
Drifting out of lanes is one of the first indicators. As a driver, if
you see another vehicle that is weaving or drifting out of lanes, for
your own safety it's a good idea to get out of the way safely and
as quickly as possible. Motor vehicle crashes have been identified as
the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries in the state by Health
Hawaii. Avoiding an accident requires being aware of how other drivers
Spinal Cord Injury Statistics: Vehicle Accidents in Hawaii
Hawaii Department of Health
What To Do After an Injury Accident
If you were hit by a drowsy driver and suffered an injury and other damages,
it is important that you seek legal assistance from a
Hawaii car accident lawyer. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we can assist you in pursuing the full
compensation you deserve. Our offices are located in Honolulu and we serve
the Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Get a free consultation from our firm,
and find out how we can help you to seek justice and full compensation.