There are several cities known to be dangerous for drivers, most of which are located in areas with heavy winter weather and conditions such as rain, snow, sleet and ice. In the yearly “Best Drivers Report” issued by Allstate Insurance, Honolulu ranks in the lower echelons – at 140 of the 200 cities listed as being safe for drivers. Putting Honolulu among the most dangerous cities for car accidents.
Honolulu is rapidly dropping in the safe driving rankings, slipping from 123 to 140 between 2013 and 2014. Currently, Honolulu ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in which to drive, and is listed in the company of huge urban centers such as New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. The driver safety rankings were based upon several factors, such as the expense of owning a vehicle, population density, frequency of traffic delays, and the city’s weather conditions.
In Honolulu, we don’t have to deal with snow, ice or other winter driving conditions, so what is the underlying situation that makes Honolulu such a dangerous city in which to operate a vehicle? A chart of cities in the U.S. with similar populations shows some shocking facts. Honolulu has a lower population density and better weather conditions than cities of similar size, but has a much higher likelihood of having a car accident. Why?
Road Projects and Delays
Honolulu has ongoing road improvements and projects, cone zones and other situations that delay traffic. Aggressive drivers become even more frustrated when unable to get to their destination, and cases of road rage are becoming commonplace.
An aggressive driver who is experiencing road rage endangers all other drivers and their passengers. The driver may endanger other motorists by tailgating, speeding, cutting in and out of traffic or other acts of aggression that can lead to an accident. The road projects may be poorly marked, with lanes that suddenly merge, adding to the confusion and frustration on our city streets and highways.
Drivers who choose to talk on a cell phone, text, eat, put on makeup or who just don’t pay attention to the road ahead are the cause of many serious or deadly car accidents in Honolulu. Distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions. Although laws are in place to deter drivers from texting and all drivers are required to comply with hands-free cellphone regulations, the problem continues to increase.
Bad Road Conditions
Hawaii has some of the worst roads in the nation, with 26% of our roads listed as in “bad” condition in a national survey. Potholes, broken pavement, uneven pavement, and general overall poor maintenance contributes to the dangers of driving in Honolulu. Whether a tire blowout from a pothole or other road condition incident, another driver swerving into your vehicle while trying to avoid a road hazard or other situation, the conditions of the highways, streets and roads are contributing to our low ranking for safe driving.
Alcohol Impaired Driving
Honolulu is a visitor’s paradise, and is loaded with restaurants and bars to serve tourists. Many people who visit Honolulu consume alcohol more often than they would at home, and some then choose to get behind the wheel. Local drivers also are guilty of drunk driving. A comparison of the stats from 2012 and 2013 shows that this is a growing problem in the state. Drunk driving accidents are entirely preventable.
Honolulu’s Most Dangerous Intersections
The Hawaii Department of Transportation has issued facts regarding the most dangerous places to drive on Oahu. The stats are based upon the total reported collisions over a three- year period.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by another driver, please get help from a compassionate, experienced Honolulu car accident lawyer from Leavitt Yamane & Soldner. Our legal team is known for getting results and helping families to pursue justice in cases of serious injury and wrongful death.