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Road accidents in Malaysia on the rise

POSTED BY Adela Megan Willy ON 08 June 2015

WE always look forward to welcoming and sharing the festive seasons with our friends and loved ones. And in anticipation of the joy and prosperity, we also try to avoid tragedies and mishaps.

Hari Raya, for example, is just around the corner and the thing which tops everyone’s vacation checklist is to make it to and back home from our destinations safe and sound.

That said, it is of grave importance to ponder, reflect on and learn a lesson from the recent road accidents and tragedies which have rocked our nation, and ensure that the coming festive season is enjoyed without a glitch.

Cars Bikes & Trucks understands that, based on statistics obtained from Bukit Aman’s Traffic Branch, there was a considerable increase in total road accidents on Malaysian highways involving cars and motorcycles from 2010 to 2014, with the former accounting for the majority of incidents in the aforementioned periods.

There were 43,758 car crashes and 4,667 motorcycle accidents in 2010. It was noted that the statistics for the latter declined by 1.7 percent to 4,586 cases in the 2011. However, this was offset by a rise of 2.9 percent in the number of car crashes, totaling 45,036 cases in the same year.

In 2012 though, there was a significant (double-digit) increase in highway accidents involving both classes of vehicles.

Car accidents accounted for a total of 51,982 cases whereas 5,263 cases involved motorcycles. Both figures amounted for increases of about 15.4 percent and 14.8 percent respectively from the preceding year.

Meanwhile in 2013, the number of car accidents continued to rise by another 4,898 cases, or 9.4 percent, to 56,880 cases. Accidents involving motorcycles, on the other hand, had also gone up by 376 cases, or 7.1 percent, to 5,639 cases.

Again in 2014, there were no signs of any slowdown in highway accident rates.

The Traffic Branch noted a 5.5 percent and 4.6 percent rise in car and motorcycle accidents respectively, compared to 2013. In total, there were 59,984 cases of car crashes and 5,899 cases of motorcycle crashes last year.

Altogether, there were 283,694 reported cases of car and motorcycle accidents combined during the six-year period.