Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Hawaii
Hawaii is a chain of islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast the United States of America. The population of Hawaii in 2015 was 1,431,603 people. In the past 10 years, the population of Hawaii has been slowly but consistently increasing. During 2005, the state had a recorded population of 1,275,194. This number increased in 2010, jumping to a population of 1,360,301 residents. These statistics allow you to see that the population is slowly growing. When a population increases, it’s easy to assume that the number of fatal accidents occurring in the state would slowly increase as well.
During 2015, 86 fatal crashes took the lives of 94 people. These deaths translate to 6.6 deaths per 100,000 residents of the state, which is actually low when compared to the national average of 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people. The number of people who die in crashes has been declining in Hawaii. In the year 2005, there were 129 fatal traffic accidents, that resulting in 140 people dying. This can be translated to 11.0 deaths per 100,000. Since then the numbers have been dropping. In 2010, there were 109 fatal traffic accidents, and there were 113 deaths as a result. This means the number of crash deaths was about 8.3 per 100,000 in 2010. As you can see, the number of car accident deaths in Hawaii is decreasing despite the growing population.
Not only the passengers of a car need to be concerned about death or significant injury caused by crashes and collisions; pedestrians are also at risk when it comes to traffic accidents. In 2015, 25 pedestrians were killed, accounting for 27 percent of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents. The percent of pedestrian death in Hawaii is high compared to the national average of 15%.