Accident victims can suffer a wide variety of injuries; some minor and other major. Whiplash is one of them, and it is an injury that occurs in the area of a person's cervical spine or neck. It happens when a person's head is thrown forward and backward, resulting in a sprain or strain to the affected area. Honolulu residents who have been rear-ended or in other forms of motor vehicle accidents may have experienced this painful and sometimes extremely serious condition.
One of the major draws of living in or visiting the Hawaiian Islands is the opportunity for people to be outside for much of the year. While other parts of the country experience bone-chilling cold and heavy snow, Honolulu residents can generally pass time outdoors in shorts. The pleasant weather of the region allows people to engage in a host of year-round outdoor activities, and one of these activities that are popular with individuals of all ages is cycling.
An ocean may separate Hawaii from the mainland but unfortunately that buffer does nothing to insulate the islands from a truly national problem: drunk driving. Every year thousands of Americans lose their lives in collisions with alcohol-intoxicated drivers. Sadly, some of those victims are residents of this state.
Alcohol is not the only culprit of impaired driving in this country. In fact, the Governor's Highway Safety Administration reported that drugs were found more frequently than alcohol in drivers who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. Forty-three percent of drivers who died in car crashes tested positive for drugs. A government survey found that the number of those driving while intoxicated fell by three quarters since 1973, while drug impaired driving has risen.
One thing that is more frightening and dangerous than being inside a car during a motor vehicle accident is being a pedestrian or bicyclist who is struck by a vehicle on a street in Hawaii. Pedestrians and cyclists are not protected by a vehicle body, airbags or seatbelts.
New vehicles are being equipped with technological devices that are also threatening auto safety, according to a recent report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This complex equipment has increased distracted driving, which, in turn, leads to the threat of a motor vehicle accident.
A restaurant interior would appear to be the least risky place for a motor vehicle accident in Hawaii. However, a car crash into a Hawaii Kwai restaurant earlier this month is only the latest crash into businesses in that area over the last several years.
Most people when they leave the house to go to work, run an errand or visit friends and family don't anticipate that they'll never return home. Unfortunately, an unanticipated car accident can happen to just about anyone in Hawaii, with disastrous results.
Motor vehicle accident data is always a year or so behind, because compiling all that data and churning it out in a timely manner is difficult. With that said, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has data on motorcycle accidents from 2015 in the United States. The figures show an increase in fatalities in motorcycle accidents, but somewhat surprisingly a decline in injuries in motorcycle accidents.