14,500 road accidents in 2015, 63.3% attributed to human error: CAPMAS

Hossam Mounir
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Traffic Congestion during night in Cairo, hinders cab drivers from making enough money to cover their families’ expenses (DNE/Hassan Ibrahim)

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) recorded a total number of 14,548 car accidents on Egypt’s roads in 2015, a 1% increase compared to 14,403 collisions in 2014.

The agency released its annual report on Sunday, which recorded the death of 6,203 people and 19,325 injuries on Egypt’s roads in 2015. As for non-human damage, 19,116 cars were totalled.

The report stated that 1,235 train accidents also took place in 2015, versus 1,044 in 2014, an increase of 18.3%. The report said the increase was caused by a lack of attention to level crossings.

The report did not estimate the cost of these accidents. However, the Ministry of Transport said costs from car accidents in Egypt are the highest in the world, setting a record of EGP 17bn per year, according to ministry spokesperson Ahmed Ibrahim.

The largest number of car accidents in one month was 1,403 collisions in July, accounting for 9.6% of the total figure. February accounted for the lowest number of collisions with 7.4% of the total accidents in the governorates and highways in 2015.

The largest number of accidents in one governorate level was 1,704 accidents in Giza governorate, 13.7% of the total number. These collisions resulted in 474 deaths and 1,430 injured. The lowest number of accidents occurred in Damietta governorate with 85 accidents accounting for 0.7% of the total, which resulted in 82 deaths and 127 injured.

Human error was the number one cause of accidents in Egypt accounting for 63.3% of the total figure, followed by the technical condition of the car with 22.9%.

The report noted that the accident rate registered 1.6 incidents per 10,000 people in 2015, compared to 1.7 incidents per 10,000 people in 2014.

The death rate per day due to car accidents was 17 in 2015, compared to 17.1 deaths in 2014. The death rate per 100,000 vehicles was 71.8 deaths in 2015, versus 79.3 deaths in 2014.

According to the agency, the road with the highest risk in Egypt is the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, with four deaths occurring on average in every collision.

Cairo-Suez, Cairo-Tanta Agriculture Road, and the M3 section on the Ring Road are also among the riskiest roads in Egypt, with 1.7 deaths per accident.

Train collisions at level crossings account for the highest case of train accidents with a recorded 744 collisions, which is 60.2% of the total number of accidents in 2015.

The rate of train accidents reached 5.7 per million passengers in 2015, compared to 6 per million passengers in 2014.

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