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Injuries are the leading cause of death among children and young adults in Hawaii.

Among Hawaii residents aged 1-39, injuries account for more deaths than all other diseases combined.

Fourth leading cause of death among state residents

Fatal injuries less common in HI compared to the rest of the US

  • unintentional injuries 17% lower in HI
  • homicide 1/3 of that for the rest of the US
  • suicide rates more comparable

There are 2 types of risk factors:

1) risks created by the physical enviroment

2) individual behaviors which place a person at risk

Nonfatal injuries outnumber fatal injuries and in many ways pose a greater health burden

Injury Prevention and Control Section

Motor vehicle crashes, occupants (excluding motorcyclists)

  • 4th leading cause of fatal injuries to HI residents (avg: 58 deaths/year)
  • 32% victims aged 15-24
  • 73% of victims males
  • 57% fatal crashes occurred nighttime hours (7:29p-5:31a)
  • 61% involved single vehicle
  • 47% of victims were wearing seatbelts
  • 25% back seat passengers were wearing seatbelts
  • Speeding most common contributing factor (41% of drivers)
  • Substance use another contributing factor
    •     40% test positive for alcohol

Injuries - Children


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