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15,000 Killed In Road Crashes In 3 Years
Statistics have shown that the total number of persons involved in accidents between 2013 and 2015 is put at 49,867, out of which 15, 011 persons were killed and 34,856 were injured.
A breakdown of those killed in the accidents shows that 5539 died in 2013,4430 in 2014 and 5042 were killed in 2015.Also, 12,372 were injured in car crashes in 2013; 12,227 in 2014, and 10,257 in 2015.
Figures show that reckless driving was responsible for more than 30 percent of the accidents; inexperience and mechanical fault accounted for 21.5 percent while road defects accounted for 21.1 percent.
Also a total of 79,875 cases of road accidents was recorded on Nigerian roads between 2013 and 2015.
A further breakdown showed that a total of 29,494 occurred in 2013 with 13,021 cases reported as fatal; 8,917 cases were reported as serious,while 7,556 cases were designated as minor.
In 2014, the reported cases of accidents totaled 25,427, almost 4000 cases lower than that of 2013. Out of this number, 11,665 were fatal, 7,561 were serious and 6,201 cases were minor.
The drop in the number of road accidents in 2014 could be attributed to the traffic management sensitization programmes embarked upon by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the Nigerian Police Force.
2015 recorded a total of 24,954 accident cases, again lower than 2014, out of which 11,507 cases were fatal, 7,390 were regarded serious while 6057 were treated as minor.
Ogun state tops the list of states with the most cases of road crashes with 6422; closely followed by Lagos state with 6231.
Kano came third with 4869, FCT with 4700 cases is ranked fourth while Edo State came fifth with 3499 cases of road accidents.
Jigawa is recorded the least number of cases in the period under review with 725.