Dangers of Drowsy Drivers in Hawaii – Hawaii Ranked 2nd of 19 States Surveyed

Dangers of Drowsy Drivers in Hawaii – Hawaii Ranked 2nd of 19 States Surveyed

Be careful, there are a lot of drowsy drivers out there. Hawaii ranked second among 19 states taking part in a recent survey of more than 147,000 drivers coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 6 percent of drivers surveyed in Hawaii reported that they had nodded off while driving.

 

 

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Drowsy drivers are dangerous drivers. They pose a risk to other motorists and pedestrians sharing the roadways. Drowsy driving is the reason behind about 2.5 percent of fatal car crashes and 2 percent of non-fatal crashes each year, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) reports.

Factors in Hawaii that Lead to Drowsy Driving

Why does Hawaii rank so high for drowsy driving? There are various factors that contribute to the high percentage of drivers who have admitted to falling asleep while driving. Shift work leading to too little sleep and other public health factors may have contributed to the high numbers of vehicle accidents in the state, and the prevalence of drowsy driving.

Among the factors identified by CDC researchers as contributing to drowsy driving are frequent insufficient sleep during the preceding 30 days, the driver’s average sleep duration, and snoring, which diminishes the quality of sleep.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Drowsy Driving: A Serious Problem in Hawaii

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that as many as 21 percent of fatal traffic accidents involve driver fatigue – a much higher percentage than has been reported by the NHTSA.

The NHTSA statistics are compiled from police reports and may not include driver fatigue as a contributing factor. A driver who caused an accident may not admit to falling asleep, or being aware that he or she had fallen asleep. The AAA study involved crashes in which a vehicle was towed, and drowsy driving was evaluated as a potential contributing factor. The study revealed that about one-third of these accidents resulted in an injury, and more than 6,000 drowsy-driving accidents led to at least one fatality.

Proportion of Crashes with a Drowsy Driver, U.S. (2009-2013)

Source: AAA Foundation

How to Watch Out For Drowsy Drivers in Hawaii

How can you identify a driver who may be falling asleep behind the wheel? Drifting out of lanes is one of the first indicators. As a driver, if you see another vehicle that is weaving or drifting out of lanes, for your own safety it’s a good idea to get out of the way safely and as quickly as possible. Motor vehicle crashes have been identified as the second most common cause of spinal cord injuries in the state by Health Hawaii. Avoiding an accident requires being aware of how other drivers are behaving.

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics: Vehicle Accidents in Hawaii

Source: Hawaii Department of Health

What To Do After an Injury Accident

If you were hit by a drowsy driver and suffered an injury and other damages, it is important that you seek legal assistance from a Hawaii car accident lawyer. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we can assist you in pursuing the full compensation you deserve. Our offices are located in Honolulu and we serve the Oahu and the Neighbor Islands. Get a free consultation from our firm, and find out how we can help you to seek justice and full compensation.

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