The loss of close to 25 lives in May 2018 in a grisly accident along the Kampala – Gulu highway is still fresh if not etched in the minds of numerous Ugandans. This has caused concern amongst citizens about the trends in fatalities due to traffic accidents on many of Uganda’s major highways. It’s upon this backdrop that Crane Analytics has delved historical road accident data to generate insights that could be useful to road users, the police, policy makers and other stakeholders.
Investigating road accident data that dates as far back as 1997, revealed that there is an increase in the number of reported fatal accidents over the past two decades with approximately 3,000 deaths reported in 2016 alone. For the period 1997 – 2016, nearly 50,000 on-spot deaths have been registered.
Young males are more at risk of road accidents and death than their female counterparts. In 2016 alone, three quarters (73%) of all road traffic deaths occurred among young males aged 25 – 34 years. In terms of road users, passengers and pedestrians are the most at risk of dying in road accidents followed by motor cyclists.
Most accidents were reported to have occurred between 4:00pm and 12:00am. Careless and reckless driving are the leading causes of road accidents. Cars, motor cycles and Light omnibuses are the most involved vehicles in road accidents.
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