Hawaii is a beautiful place to live, but that doesn’t mean it’s
immune to auto accidents. Each year, thousands of accidents happen across
the islands, with numerous victims being injured and killed as a result.
As roadway fatalities increase nationwide, there’s some reassurance
knowing data from the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) recorded
the lowest number of fatalities on state roadways in 40 years. Although
reassuring, there is still a great deal of work to be done to bring those
numbers even lower.
Here are a few key traffic accident statistics from HDOT from 2014, the
latest year of available data:
Serious Injuries and deaths – There were a total of 95 traffic fatalities across the islands
in 2014. During 2011, which is the latest available data on record, there
were 379 serious injuries resulting from traffic accidents.
Alcohol-related crashes – With ample nightlife and many attractions, alcohol-related accidents
are a key focus for law enforcement and safety officials. In 2014, there
were 32 deaths attributed to alcohol-related accidents. Although traffic
fatalities were down, alcohol and drug impairment continue to present
significant dangers on state roads. Of the 95 traffic fatalities in 2014,
over half (55%) involving drivers with alcohol or drugs in their system.
Motorcycle Accidents – Hawaii does not have a mandatory helmet law, but safety campaigns
have led to greater helmet use. In 2014, there were 25 motorcycle / moped
fatalities, with 12 involving an unhelmeted rider or passenger.
Pedestrian Accidents – Pedestrian accidents and deaths rose slightly in 2014, with 24
pedestrian fatalities compared to an average of 21 between 2008 and 2012.
Marijuana DWI – Hawaii takes a more tolerant stance when it comes to marijuana,
and has ramped up enforcement of marijuana DWI laws in response. Since
2014, law enforcement agencies have increased the number of drug recognition
experts (DRE) on staff, and increased arrests.
Speeding – Although Hawaii is known for slower speed limits than other states,
speeding still remains a problem, causing 42 deaths in 2014.
Even when you take it upon yourself to make safety a priority behind the
wheel – including driving sober, traveling at safe speeds, wearing
a helmet, and obeying traffic laws – risks of preventable
car accidents will always exist when others are negligent behind the wheel. When negligent
drivers do cause harm, victims injured in those wrecks, as well as families
of loved ones who were killed, have a right to take legal action against
the at-fault party.
By working with our award-winning Hawaii personal injury lawyers at Leavitt,
Yamane & Soldner, you can receive the support and guidance needed
to navigate the
personal injury or
wrongful death claim process. Our attorneys are readily available to help as soon as
possible after an accident.
Contact us to discuss your case during a free consultation.