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2,003 bike crashes claim 2,097 lives in Jan-Oct

FE Report | November 21, 2022 00:00:00

Motorcycle accidents in the country and fatalities resulting from those have increased significantly in January-October period than the corresponding period of the previous year (2021).

A total of 2,003 motorcycle crashes claimed 2,097 lives during the period, up 21.17 per cent and 19.28 per cent respectively from those of the last year, a rights body said in a statement on Sunday.

The accidents left 1,286 people injured, said the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), which compiled and analysed the data collected from different national media outlets.

Of the deceased, around 73 per cent or 1,533 people were aged between 18 and 50 years while nearly 16 per cent or 347 victims were within 13 to 17 years.

A total of 764 students also lost lives in the mishaps, which constitute almost 36 per cent of the total fatalities.

The RSF also said 374 accidents occurred as motorbikes had head-on collision with other vehicles, 623 motorcycles lost control and 958 two-wheelers were run over or knocked down by other vehicles.

The data revealed that more than 41 per cent motorcyclists were solely responsible for the accidents while buses were responsible for eight per cent and trucks, covered vans, pickup vans, tractors and lorries altogether were responsible for 37 per cent accidents.

One fourth of the total accidents took place in morning while nearly 23 per cent at night, 19 per cent at late afternoon and 16 per cent at noon, the RSF report said.

Identifying the reasons, the rights body presented a 13-point recommendation including strict measures to check the reckless driving by teenagers and youths, and prevent the sales and use of exceedingly high-speed vehicles.

It also suggested taking measures to create skilled drivers, and properly implement the Road Safety Act 2018 to help reduce the number of accidents.

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