As moms, there are few things that are more important than keeping our kids safe and healthy. From the moment that we learn that we are pregnant or that an adoption has been finalized, we do everything that we can to protect our babies. From buying the most secure car seats and bicycle helmets to carefully applying and reapplying sunscreen, we work hard to make sure that our kids don’t get hurt.
Of course, many of us engage in an activity daily (or near-daily) that puts our little ones at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children aged 12 and under. While we may not be able to avoid driving entirely, there are steps that we can take to reduce the likelihood of our kids being hurt in a collision.
One of the most important things that we can do is something that most of us already do: make sure that our kids are in age-appropriate car seats and that they are securely buckled in each and every time that we get behind the wheel. Of course, there are other things that we can and should be doing as well, like practicing defensive driving, never driving under the influence, and keeping our speed in check.
In Maui County, we have another tool at our disposal to help us keep our kids safe in the car: examining accident statistics for the island. By taking a close look at where and when most crashes happen in Maui, we can try to avoid these accident “hotspots” – and reduce the chances of being in a collision ourselves. www.maui.menzerlawfirm.com/2021/02/24/maui-auto-accident-statistics/
Where Do Most Accidents Happen in Maui?
Maui parents probably won’t be surprised to learn that the majority of accidents in and around the island happen in the most heavily congested areas i.e., the Kahului airport and the UH Maui College. The tourist-heavy areas of Wailea, Kihei, Lahaina, and Kā’anapali also have substantially more collisions than other areas of the island.
The reason why is simple: when there are more vehicles in a particular area, the likelihood of an accident skyrockets. When those vehicles are driven by people who are looking at signs or anxious to get somewhere on time (such as at the airport), or by people who are unfamiliar with the region (such as in tourist locations), the chance of a collision due to driver inattention increases. Of course, many of us cannot simply avoid the most traveled roads on the island, but being aware where crashes are more likely to happen can help us be on high alert when driving with our kids in the car. For a visual representation of where most of these collisions occur, you can check out our Maui accident hotspot map on our statistics page mentioned in paragraph 4.
When Do Most Collisions Happen in Maui?
Knowing where most accidents in Maui County happen is just one part of the equation. The second part involves knowing when most crashes happen. Unlike areas of the country that experience cold winter weather or temperature extremes, the temperate climate of Maui means that there isn’t a particular time of the year when accidents are more likely to occur. Similarly, collisions are spread relatively evenly throughout the week on Maui, with a slight spike in accidents on Mondays and Fridays.
Time of day does affect accident rates on Maui, however. There are relatively few crashes before 7 a.m. and after 11 p.m. On Maui roads, most accidents seem to occur at prime time for school pick-ups and bus rides home: from 3 to 4 p.m. Many parents can’t avoid being on the road with their kids at those times – or having their kids riding on a bus to get to or from school. Because most collisions seem to happen during these hours, be extra careful during the late afternoon hours – especially when driving in central Maui or along the western coast of the island.
As much as we may want to do so, we can’t wrap our kids in bubble wrap to help them get through childhood unscathed. We can take extra precautions to help reduce their risk of being seriously injured, however – like being careful about where and when we drive. Using the Maui accident hotspot map can help us achieve this goal.