Nigeria Records 1,323 Deaths In 2,717 Road Accidents in Q4, 2023


Nigeria recorded a total of 1,323 deaths from 2,717 road traffic crashes on its roads in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The figure shows motorists seem to have been heeding warnings against reckless driving and carelessness on the roads following a 33.12 per cent drop from the 3,617 accidents recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022.

A breakdown of the deaths recorded in the period shows 1,104 males or 83.45 per cent while 219 females representing 16.55 per cent were recorded dead.

The 2,717 road traffic crashes in the fourth quarter of 2023, is however, an increase of 24.23 per cent over 2,187 recorded in the third quarter (Q3) of the same year, according to the latest Road Transport Data for Q4, 2023 by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The Bureau noted that of all crashes, serious cases were 1,772 while fatal and minor cases were 687 and 258 respectively.

In addition, the three categories of cases recorded an increase, with fatalities increasing by 29.13 per cent, serious cases increasing by 24.87 per cent and minor cases increasing by 9.32 per cent in the quarter under review relative to the preceding quarter.

Also, a total of 6,929 males were injured during the period, indicating 76.01 per cent of 9,116 injured persons compared to 2,187 (23.99%) females injured in the total of 4,195 vehicles involved in the crashes in Q4 2023, higher than the previous quarter which recorded 3,371, indicating an increase of 24.44 per cent.

The North-Central recorded the highest number of crashes in Q4 2023 with 905, followed by the South-West with 650, while the South-South had the least with 141. Similarly, the North-Central recorded the highest number of casualties with 3,152, followed by the North-West with 2,550, while the South-South recorded the least with 412.

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