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Hawaii Car Accident Statistics


Distracted drivers are causing the majority of accidents throughout the United States, and an increase in cell phone use while driving is to blame. Drivers aren’t just making calls on their cell phones, they are accessing their phones while driving to get directions, check their email, and post on social media sites. This is causing a significant increase in the amount of distracted drivers on the road, as the younger generation thinks nothing of driving their vehicle while using their phone at the same time. While some states have enacted laws to restrict cell phone use while driving,

With close to one million registered vehicles in the State of Hawaii, there are close to 10,000 serious car accidents in the State every year. Roads continue to be improved in the State of Hawaii, and road safety awareness is a major focus. Despite this increase in awareness, traffic accidents aren’t going down. Car accidents between pedestrians, motorcycles, cars and big trucks continue to cause fatalities in Hawaii at similar numbers every year. While weather is generally not a significant factor, distracted driving is a big problem in the State of Hawaii.

National 2013 Car Crash Statistics

  • Speed was a factor in more than nine thousand six hundred crashes in the United States in 2013.
  • Alcohol causes a significant number of accidents every year, and in 2013 alcohol was a factor in 10,706 fatalities.
  • More than 2,000 people were injured in 2013 due to drivers going through red lights.
  • Drivers missing red lights kill roughly 900 people every year.
  • Falling asleep has occurred for approximately 37% of the drivers on the road today.
  • Fatal accidents are caused by exhausted rivers roughly 21% of the time.
  • More than three thousand, one hundred people were killed by distracted drivers in 2013.
  • Drivers that use cell phones to text, call or access the internet are responsible for up to 10% of all fatal crashes in the United States.
  • The age range that caused six percent of all accidents while being distracted by a cell phone was sixteen to twenty-four.
  • Drivers over the age of 70 caused the least amount of accidents from the use of a cell phone.
  • Almost half of the drivers on the road ages 18-29 would use the internet while driving a car at the same time. This has caused a big increase in the number of fatalities on the road from distracted driving.
  • Drivers were using the internet, going on social media websites in 36% of the accidents that occurred on the road.

Hawaii Car Crash Statistics

  • Between 10 and 20 people are killed each year in the State of Hawaii while riding a bike or motorized scooter.
  • 20 to 30 people are killed each year while walking down the street, hit by a motor vehicle.
  • Roughly 40 percent of all fatal accidents in the State of Hawaii involve the use of alcohol.
  • Speed is the most significant contributing factor in all road accidents in the State of Hawaii.
  • Other contributing factors for car crashes include a failure to yield, crossing over the yellow line, making incorrect turns, and being too close to the driver in front of you.
  • Hawaii had 93 fatal crashes in 2013, which was responsible for 102 total deaths.
  • 21 people killed in Hawaii in 2013 were either the driver or passenger of a car.
  • 21 people were killed as drivers or passengers of an SUV or small truck.
  • 3 people were killed while driving or being the passenger in a large commercial truck in 2013.