The National Bureau of Statistics ( NBS) has revealed that the country recorded a total of 15,403 road traffic crashes in the last nine months of 2021.
The NBS in its Road Transport Data revealed that no fewer that 3084 persons died in road accidents in last six month, consisting of 1432 in Q3 and 1652 in Q4 in the year under review.
TheFact Nigeria noted there were more males involved in road accidents that females.
For instances in Q3, 79.33 percent of the 1432 persons killed in road accidents where males.
“In terms of sex distribution of persons killed in road traffic crashes, 1,136 males were killed in Q3 2021, accounting for 79.33 per cent of 1,432 persons killed in total.
“This rose to 1,343 in Q4 2021, representing 81.30 per cent of 1,652 persons killed. Also, there were more males injured compared to females in Q3 2021 recording 78.51 per cent.
“The trend continued in Q4 2021 with males accounting for 76.01 per cent of injuries, “ the report said.
The report said that of the 15,403 vehicles involved in road traffic accidents, commercial vehicles accounted for 68.89 percent.
“The number of vehicles involved in road traffic crashes were 4,946 in Q3 2021 compared to Q2 2021 which recorded 5,134.
“This indicates a decline of 3.66 per cent in Q3 2021. Similarly, 5,323 vehicles were involved in crashes in Q4 2021, indicating a 7.62 per cent growth from the preceding quarter.
“In Q3 and Q4 2021, commercial vehicles were mostly affected in road crashes compared to private, government and diplomatic vehicles.
A further breakdown by the bureau said indicted that 9726 road traffic crashes were recorded.
“In Q3 2021, total road traffic crashes were 3,134, showing a decrease of 1.60 per cent from Q2 2021, which recorded 3,185. This rose by 8.71 per cent in Q4 2021 when 3,407 cases were recorded.
“Disaggregating crashes into categories shows that serious cases of road crashes in Q3 2021 were higher with 2,008 compared to fatal and minor cases with 723 and 403 respectively.
“Similarly, serious cases stood at 2,199 in Q4 2021 compared to fatal with 888 and minor with 320,” the report said.