10 522 accidents nationwide in 2020
The Federal Highway Traffic Safety Corps (FRSC) reports that there were at least 10,522 road traffic accidents (RTA) involving 17,614 vehicles across the country in 2020.
Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Bisi Kazim, a Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), told reporters on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Kazim, during the reporting period, 4,794 people died and 28,449 people were injured of varying degrees, and 29,808 people received minor injuries and survived.
According to him, the total death toll from road traffic accidents in 2020 has decreased compared to 2019.
He added that the Corps registered 4,878 deaths in 2019, up from 4,794 deaths in 2020, down 84 people, down 1.75%.
According to him, in 2020, the Corps recorded 10,522 road accidents involving 17,614 vehicles, compared with 9,957 involving 16,806 vehicles registered in the previous year 2019.
“The total number of accidents increased in 2020, amounting to 565 accidents, which is 5.37% more.
“In 2020 alone, of the 63,581 people who participated in the RTC, a total of 4,794 people were killed, up from 4,878 in 2019, down 1.75%.
“28,449 people were injured in 2020, up from 32,344 in 2019, a decrease of 3,895 or 13.69%.
“While a total of 29,808 people survived injury crashes in 2020, up from 32,499 in 2019, this represents 6,745 people, or a 10.67% decrease,” he said.
Kazim said that the main causes of these incidents seen by the Corps were speed violations (SPVs), which accounted for over 62% of all incidents.
He added that unsafe driving, drunk driving, overloading, breakdowns, tire breakdowns, illegal overtaking and trespassing are also major causes of accidents.
“Bad road, traffic disturbances, dangerous overtaking, sleeping on the steering wheel, bad weather, using the phone while driving, disturbing lights, fatigue, among other things, have caused accidents,” he added.
Kazim said that the Corps believes that an accident-free society is still possible only if all road users, including pedestrians, ensure that all traffic rules are properly followed.
However, he warned that those who violate traffic rules indiscriminately will definitely be punished as agents were more trained and deployed than ever to enforce.