Hawaii Fatal Bus Accident Statistics
Hawaii recorded six fatalities involving large trucks and buses in 2015. These deaths occurred in six crashes, which is up slightly from the four reported in 2014, but down from seven for 2013. Numbers have varied only slightly in the ten-year reporting period for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Six large vehicles were involved in these accidents, one of which was a single-vehicle accident. The other five involved multiple vehicles. According to statistics, the majority of accidents involving large trucks/buses are two-vehicle collisions.
A bus is defined as a vehicle that carries nine or more passengers, counting the driver. This includes school buses, intercity buses, transit buses and van-buses. Statistics show that almost all crashes happen in non-work zones. Sixty percent occur on rural roads while the majority involved large vehicles traveling at 50-55 mph. The majority of accidents happen during daytime hours on weekdays and in clear weather with dry pavement.
Statistics also show that the number of buses registered had almost doubled since 1975 when 462,156 buses were registered with a rate of fatalities per one million miles driven of 5.75. That number has changed to 872,027 registrations and 1.77 fatality rate. Hawaii has a rate of crashes per million people of 4.19, which is well below the national average of 11.19. However, it is up from the state rate in 2010 of 2.94.
The majority of crashes occurred in Hawaii County with three for 2015. This number was up from one in 2014 but down from the four recorded for the years 2012 and 2013. Three fatalities were also recorded for Honolulu County for the year, which was up from the one reported in 2014. It is the highest total for the past five years with three of those years reporting just one fatality.