Road accident is most unwanted thing to happen to a road user, though they happen quite often. Road accidents has been an issue in Ghana claiming lives and property. According to statistics from the MTTD, 1033 persons died in road accidents between January and May 2021. In this article, I am elaborating one common factor which results in traffic road accidents in Ghana.
So far, 263 people have died in Ghana in road accidents in the month of April alone and 5,668 have also experienced serious injuries in the first quarter of 2021 according to figures from the MTTD.
As passengers and road safety authorities blame drivers for over speeding leading to fatal accidents, let also consider one major factor which the government is not paying attention to.
Authorities in Ghana frequently blame drivers for the country’s road transport problems and poor safety record. For instance, in parliament recently, the country’s Roads and Highways Minister cited driver indiscipline as the cause of road accidents.
I wouldn’t deny the fact that most accidents are caused by driver factors such as Over Speeding, Drunken Driving, Red Light Jumping, Avoiding Safety Gears like Seat belts and Helmets, Non-adherence to lane driving, overtaking in a wrong manner, recklessness, indiscretion, inattentiveness and poor judgement. But there is more to this driver factor.
BAD ROAD IS A MAJOR FACTOR CAUSING RAOD ACCIDENTS IN THE COUNTRY;
Some accidents are caused through no fault of the driver. Poor road conditions can lead to accidents injuring drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. In many of these cases, the society blame the driver instead of holding the government responsible for the accident.
Poor road conditions can lead to more than just a bumpy ride. Most roads in the country have deteriorate to the level where they become dangerous. This includes potholes, uneven road surfaces, broken concrete, exposed rebar, sinkholes, and road cracks. If a driver hits a large pothole, it could burst the tire causing the vehicle to veer into another lane, colliding with another vehicle. Uneven road surfaces can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, leading to a crash or rollover accident injuring the driver, passengers, and pedestrians.
Successive governments in Ghana have failed to invest meaningfully in rail, road and other infrastructure (such as bicycle lanes). One study shows, for instance, that rail has only a total of 1,300 km and only 46% of the lines were operational in 2007. The government has recently made revamping Ghana’s railway network a priority though.
I believe if the government can invest meaningfully to improve the quality of roads, road accidents figures will also improve directly.
Ghanaians are eager to see more improvement in road infrastructure so as to reduce the frequent accidents caused by bad roads.
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