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Road carnage claimed 4,300 lives last year, NTSA report shows

Thursday, February 15th, 2024 03:01 | By
At least 22,885 people were involved in road accidents last year, according to a report by NTSA. PHOTO/Print
At least 22,885 people were involved in road accidents last year, according to a report by NTSA. PHOTO/Print

At least 22,885 people were involved in road accidents last year, according to a report by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

4,324 people died, 10,769 people were seriously injured and 7,792 were slightly injured. In the report, the authority listed 13 leading causes of accidents in Kenya.

NTSA revealed losing control was one of the main causes of road crashes, accounting for 929 deaths.
Cause not traced accounted for 575 road deaths followed by lane indiscipline at 491.

Overtaking improperly led to 443 accidents while misjudging clearance, distance, or speed resulted in 310 deaths.

Misjudging clearance

Inappropriate speed accounted for 274 road crashes, and other apparent errors of judgment or negligence accounted for 219 deaths.

Also, stepping, walking, or running off the footpath or verge onto the road resulted in 121 deaths while crossing roads not masked by stationary vehicles accounted for 73 deaths.

Turning without due care accounted for 84 deaths, Swerving had 58, walking or standing on the road had 60 and brake failure resulted in 45 deaths. Coming to 2024, road accidents across the country have claimed 563 lives since the year started.

Inappropriate speed accounted for 274 road crashes, and other apparent errors of judgment or negligence accounted for 219 deaths.

Also, stepping, walking, or running off the footpath or verge onto the road resulted in 121 deaths while crossing roads not masked by stationary vehicles accounted for 73 deaths.

Brake failure

Turning without due care accounted for 84 deaths, Swerving had 58, walking or standing on the road had 60 and brake failure resulted in 45 deaths. Road accidents across the country have claimed 563 lives since the year started.

These deaths, according to data from the NTSA, occurred between January 1 to February 11.

The statistics are an increase compared to deaths recorded during the same period in 2023 which stood at 537. Pedestrians lead in fatalities with 216, compared with 163 recorded last year.

Following closely are passengers who recorded 109 deaths which is 11 more compared to the 98 recorded in 2023.

Motor cyclists recorded 140 deaths representing a decrease when compared to 151 recorded in 2023.
Pillion passengers recorded 54 deaths compared to 68 witnessed last year. 35 drivers have lost their lives in road accidents. This is a decrease compared to 49 in the same period last year.

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