Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

Road accidents claim 322,427 lives in Nigeria in 52 years

Road accidents in Nigeria have claimed a total of 322,427 lives between 1960 and 2012, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in its 2012 annual report released recently.

Analysts however say the number of deaths may be more than the given figure since most people involved in road accidents die weeks after and such deaths may not have been recorded officially.

Information exclusively gathered by BusinessDay from the FRSC dashboard reveals that speed violation accounts for 35 percent, as the highest causative factor of road traffic crashes. The second highest causative factor is loss of control that accounts for 17 percent, even as dangerous driving occupied the third causative factor at 17 percent.

The FRSC lists the most causes of road crashes to include human, mechanical and environmental factors.

Bad roads, route violation and obstruction accounted for 2 percent each, while burst tyres 9 percent. Others are brake failure 5 percent, mechanically faults and wrongful overtaking tied on 3 percent in the top 10 probable causative factors of road traffic crashes in 2012.

Between 1960 and 2012, a total of 1,060,507 crashes were recorded in Nigeria, with 322,427 deaths and 1,016,299 injuries.

2012 alone had a total of 4,260 reported deaths on Nigerian roads, representing an average of 12 persons dying daily. 20,752 injuries were recorded in the year, translating to an average of 57 injuries daily.

Hence, on the average, 69 persons were either injured or killed on the roads daily, while 48,114 persons were involved in 6,269 documented cases. This means on the average of one hour, approximately one crash occurred on the road and 5.5, that is 6 persons, were involved in a crash within an hour.

In the reviewed period, Nigeria had five deaths per 10,000 vehicles and four deaths per 100,000 persons, according to the report from FRSC. Analysts say these figures are still very high, hence unacceptable. Both the elite and the powerful as well as the common man are not spared in these preventable deaths.

Many of these preventable accidents, unnecessary loss of lives and avoidable waste of resources, in terms of damaged vehicles, expenses on hospitalisation bills, repairs of damaged roads and infrastructure, as well as loss of man-hours, actually occurred during the last quarter of the year.

By: Mike Ochonma

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  1. elchanan says:

    Cancel road accidents

    Cancel road accidents not hard to do because a similar system currently works in the agricultural sector.
    Agricultural system is more complex than necessary to the traffic system.
    So you can run the traffic system immediately.
    I’m talking about using Precision Farming for Precision Traffic.
    Mathematical examination of the passage shows that the Precision traffic less complex than Precision Agriculture from the known rule that in the surface there are infinite lines.
    The Precision traffic system educates and instills a driving culture.
    Precision traffic system reduces the time length of learning in dimensions of months.
    Form of education in the proposed system is similar to addition of hundreds of thousands of traffic policemen.
    The system works on the basis of personal mentoring.
    Any errant driver will be assigned a “policeman mentor”.
    The policeman will be a virtual policeman but will be fully present.
    “Big Brother Effect” will be treated thoroughly and virtual cop appears only when the driver goes through.
    The privacy of citizens will be preserved carefully. Drivers driving according the law will not be recorded and will not be documented.
    I have the unpleasant feeling that we can save thousands of people a year and do not rescuers.
    That Related to thousands injured people and considerable financial losses.
    Today it is possible to run a small order of tens of vehicles to demonstrate feasibility.
    All the tools are exist but are not used.
    The system will help to the police identify speeders and it will help law to enforcement and reducing vulnerability to life and property.
    This understanding is the educational way that cause to drivers to not breaking the law and operate under the law and the roads conditions.
    Precision Traffic based on Precision Farming provides a solution that includes all areas of driving and most important is education drivers.
    Precision Traffic Can be used as a Driving Teacher, a Driving guide, as accompanied a driving, as a driving mentor, and policeman and judge . The report would be sent directly to the driver at the address listed at the DMV.
    Unfortunately to keep a distance not sufficient a warning, the driver must slow down and increase the distance from the vehicle in front. Maintaining the appropriate distance depends on the will of the driver in another language and education.
    No deterrent without punishment!
    I’ll go to any place and to any forum to explain the proposed system and answer questions as needing.
    Precision Traffic
    New approach to traffic management and control of operational use will help the police to enforce traffic offenders and finding all kinds of traffic offenses, here are the details:

    Infractions Car – himself:

    1 – Not wearing a safety belt.
    2 – Low pressure tires.
    3 – Not lighting lights.
    4 – And more.
    Offenses car relation to road:

    1 – Speeding.
    2 – Failure to comply with a stop sign.
    3 – Drive on the white line.
    4 – Unauthorized traffic lane.
    5 – Failure to comply with traffic lights.
    6 – Driving on the traffic island.
    7 – Driving on sidewalks.
    8 – Stopping the car while interfering traffic flow.
    9 – Integration not allowed.
    10– Turning not follow the rules the laws.
    11– And more.

    Car relations offenses – Vehicles: (One to another).

    1 – Not maintaining proper distance between vehicles.
    2 – Dangerous bypass.
    3 – Not to give right of way to integration.
    4 – Overtaking on the right.
    5 – Sudden stop in a busy road without probable cause.
    6 – Hazardous integration to busy road.
    7 – And more.

    Car relations offenses – car to car and road:

    1 – Bypass on crosswalk.
    2 – Not being slow sign and give the right of way.
    3 – Transition from lane to lane in a busy multi-track road
    4 – And more.


    1 – Directing traffic from busy roads to others.
    2 – Warning drivers about traffic jams.
    3 – Changing of traffic lights according to traffic volume.
    4 – Learning behaviors and published global conclusions about recurring phenomena.
    5 – Characterizing typical behaviors and adapting the infrastructure accordingly.
    6 – Study load transportation and disposal conclusions accordingly.

    My thanks in advance for any help in promoting the subject.

    E mail:
    Mobile: 972-50-6241523

    Elchanan Shochat

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