The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS says 1,070 Nigerians died in road accidents in the third quarter. The NBS Road Transport Data for Third Quarter, 2017 released on its website on Wednesday showed that 89 out of the number were children.
The report stated that 981 of the 1,070 Nigerians that died, representing 91.7 percent of the figure were adults while the remaining 89 Nigerians, representing 8.3 percent of the figure were children.
The breakdown of the figure showed that 815 of the number were males, representing 76.2 percent while 255 were females, representing 23.8 percent. According to the report, 2,478 road accidents occurred in the third quarter. It, however, attributed the major cause of accidents to speed violation, which it said accounted for 44.51 percent of the total accidents reported in the quarter.
It stated that loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 10.41 percent and 9.52 percent of the total accident recorded respectively.
Meanwhile, the report stated that a total of 6,803 Nigerians got injured in the accidents. It stated that 6,419 of the 6,803 Nigerians that got injured, representing 94.4 percent of the figure were adults while the remaining 384 Nigerians, representing 5.7 percent of the figure were children.
It further stated that 5,110 male Nigerians, representing 75 percent, got injured in road accidents in the quarter while 1,693 female Nigerians, representing 25 percent got injured. According to the report, estimated vehicle population in Nigeria as at third quarter was put at 11,547,236 with the total population of the country puts at 193.3 million in 2016. It stated Nigeria s vehicle per population ratio was put 0.06
In addition, it stated that data on the category of vehicles involved in road accident reflected that 58 percent of vehicles were commercial (2,000), 40.6 percent were private (1,401), 1.4 percent were government (48) and the remaining were diplomats (0). It stated that FCT Recorded the highest number of road crashes in the quarter, closely followed by Kaduna and Kogi States while Borno and Bayelsa States recorded the least.