Hawaii Fatal Motorcycle Crash Stats
In the state of Hawaii, only riders and passengers who are under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets while riding on or operating a motorcycle. The significance of this law can be seen in the 2015 motorcycle fatality statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing the state had a total of 26 motorcyclist fatalities. Of the 26, 16 were not wearing helmets, and 10 were reported wearing helmets. The total fatality number is a slight increase from 2014, but a significant decrease from the 40 total motorcyclist fatalities recorded in 2012.
The total number of fatalities in 2015 is one of the lowest numbers in the last 10 years. 2008 and 2014 had the lowest totals, each with 25 motorcycle deaths. This shows improvement over the last decade as the numbers have dropped to their lowest in 2014 and 2015.
From 2011 until 2015, one age group consistently had the highest amount of motorcycle fatalities in the state; age group 20 to 29 had the highest totals every year except for in 2013, where ages 30 to 39 had the highest amount of deaths. According to the U.S. census data, ages 35 to 44 create the highest percentage of the population, followed closely by ages 25 to 34 years of age.
Most the counties of Hawaii reported 6 to 15 motorcycle fatalities, with the rest reporting zero. Hawaii County, City and County of Honolulu, Kalawao County, and Maui County all reported 6 to 15 deaths. Kauai County reported zero fatalities. The County of Honolulu is the most populated county with over 900,000 people residing there.
In 2014, the FHWA reported that approximately 58 deaths occur per 100,000 registered motorcycles. Each year the approximately 40,000 motorcycles are registered in Hawaii. This number is a significant decrease from 2013 that had an estimated 71 deaths per total number of registered motorcycles, and from 2012 that had 112 deaths reported. The 2014 total shows a large decrease in the number of fatalities in Hawaii of the last 4 years.