Road accidents are among the leading causes of death and life-long disability globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 1.24 million people die annually on the world’s roads, with 20–50 million sustaining non-fatal injuries. Globally, road traffic injuries are reported as the leading cause of death among young people aged 15–29 years and are among the top three causes of mortality among people aged 15–44 years.
In Nigeria, road accidents have become a normal and re-occurring phenomenon which constitutes a menace in modern times. As a result of that, injuries and deaths resulting from the road accidents are on the rise. Road accidents are Nigeria’s third-leading cause of overall deaths and the most common cause of disability. The response of the government in controlling this scourge has been inadequate.
Nigeria is one of the countries with very high road fatalities in the world. This ugly situation has serious devastating effects on the socio-economic wellbeing of the country. Therefore, there is a need for more comprehensive and proactive measures to tackle the menace. The major causes of road accidents in Nigeria are poor traffic infrastructure, poor road design, poor enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, a rapidly growing population, and a subsequent number of people driving cars.
73,504 Nigerians Died in Different Road Accidents
Taiwo Salaam, the permanent secretary at Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, says about 73,504 Nigerians died in different road crashes across the country between 2016 and 2018.
He disclosed this at the flag-off of the Bi-annual Road Safety Campaign Week organized by the Lagos State Vehicle Services (VIS) in Lagos on Tuesday.
“As regards the reduction of road crashes, may I seize this opportunity to urge you to install standardized C-Caution and retro-reflective tapes on your vehicles to aid motorists visibility at night, especially when there is a breakdown of vehicles on the road. I would, therefore, urge Lagosians to be disciplined and patient,” Salaam added.