Road being the major source of transportation in Nigeria has recorded 1,236 deaths of individuals between July to September 2020.
This is one of the highlights of the Third Quarter Road Transport Data for year 2020 (Q’3 2020); a report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Out of the total Nigerians that got killed, 1,176 are adults representing 95% of the figure while the remaining 60 Nigerians are children representing 5%.
According to the report, “976 male Nigerians, representing 79% got killed in road crashes in Q3 2020 while 200 female Nigerians, representing 16% got killed.”
The data disclosing the cause of the accidents, it reflected that 3,066 road crashes occurred, reporting speed violation as the major cause of road accidents, accounting for 57.26% of the total road crashes reported.
Following speed violation, wrongful overtaking took second position as the major cause of road accidents as it accounted for 7.11% of the total road crashes recorded, while Dangerous Overtaking recorded the least of the total road crashes reported.
Furthermore, 4,893 vehicles have been recorded to be involved in road traffic crashes, reporting car as the major type of vehicle involved in road accidents.
Car accounted for 30.30% of the vehicles involved in road crashes followed by Motorcycle and Minibus as they both accounted for 22.60% and 15.50% respectively.
On the category of vehicles involved in road crashes, 61% of vehicles are commercial (2,987), 37.80% are private (1,849) and 1.10% are government with 56 vehicles involved.