The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said no fewer than 1,331 Nigerians died in road accidents in the second quarter of 2018.
The NBS stated this in its “Road Transport Data for Second Quarter 2018” made available to Brand Spur Nigeria.
The NBS said that the Q2 2018 road transport data reflected that 2,608 road crashes occurred within the quarter under review. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q2 and it accounted for 50.65% of the total road crashes reported. Tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 8.59% and 8.40% of the total road crashes recorded.
According to the report, a total of 8,437 Nigerians got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded. 7,946 of the 8,437 Nigerians that got injured, representing 94% of the figure, are adults while the remaining 491 Nigerians, representing 6% of the figure are children. 6,415 male Nigerians, representing 76%, got injured in road crashes in Q2 while 2,022 female Nigerians, representing 24% got injured.
Similarly, a total of 1,331 Nigerians got killed in the road traffic crashes recorded in Q2 2018. 1,257 of the 1,331 Nigerians that got killed, representing 94% of the figure, are adults while the remaining 74 Nigerians, representing 6% of the figure are children. 1,047 male Nigerians, representing 79%, got killed in road crashes in Q2 while 284 female Nigerians, representing 21% got killed.
NBS stated that the estimated vehicle population in Nigeria as at Q2 2018 was put at 11,760,871 with the total estimated population of the country puts at 198,000,000 in 2018. Nigeria’s vehicle per population ratio is put at 0.06. Data on the category of vehicles involved in road crashes in Q2 2018 reflected that 60.29% of vehicles are commercial (2,447), 38.63% are private (1,568), 1.08% are government (44) and the diplomat with zero (0) vehicle involved.
A total of 221,878 national drivers licenses were produced in Q2 2018. Lagos and FCT produced the highest number of drivers’ licenses while Zamfara and Taraba States produced the least numbers of national drivers’ license.