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Fatal motorcycle accidents increasing throughout Hawaii

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents

Hawaii is a beautiful destination for motorcycle riders. The roads can pose serious safety hazards for motorcyclists, though. And, unfortunately, statistics show that serious accidents involving motorcycle riders are increasing throughout the state.

The new motorcycle crash statistics

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) regularly gathers data about the number of traffic accidents occurring on the mainland and the islands. As an initiative for Motorcycle Safety Month, HDOT has published early data pertaining to motorcycle accidents in 2023. The information that it found is alarming. HDOT reveals that by this time of year in 2022, eight motorcycle riders had died in crashes. However, in 2023, that number increased to 13.

HDOT also included several factors present in these accident. They include:

  • Speeding
  • Improper licensing
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Lack of a helmet

In 2022, motorcycle-related fatalities composed 28% of all traffic fatalities. If the number of fatal motorcycle accidents continues the trend of increasing, this percentage could very well be higher by the end of 2023.

It is up to everyone to keep motorcycle riders safe

In its press release, HDOT stressed the importance of road safety – both for drivers and riders. It says that drivers can prevent motorcycle crashes by:

  • Checking rearview and side mirrors
  • Checking blind spots
  • Yielding to motorcycles
  • Allow more following distance

Riders can also take precautions to prevent accidents or minimize their harm. They can:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Get proper licensing
  • Wear reflective gear
  • Wear other safety gear
  • Try to remain visible to drivers

Following these tips can greatly increase safety for motorcyclists on the roads. It is important to remember that motorcycles have the same rights that cars do. Hawaii’s roadways are shared by everyone, so everyone must do their part to keep our neighbors safe.