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On average, 41 traffic accidents per day occurred in the country in 2006
(FS-200701-NS1-01, posted 16 May 2007)

Reports from the Philippine National Police (PNP) show that a total of 15,064 traffic accidents occurred in the country in 2006 or an average of 41 traffic accidents per day. This is the second highest average recorded during the period 2001 to 2006, after the 45 traffic accidents per day in 2003.

PNP reports also reveal that traffic accidents from 2001 to 2006 were caused mainly by driver’s errors. In 2006 alone, a total of 4,182 (27.8%) accidents caused by driver’s error was recorded. This figure, however, was lower by 21.7% compared to the 5,338 cases reported in 2001.

The other main causes of traffic accidents in 2006 were vehicle’s mechanical defects (2,388 or 15.8%), over speeding (1,956 or 13.0%) and self accident (1,115 or 7.4%). Meanwhile, traffic accidents caused by using cellular phones while driving increased more than five times from 2001 to 2006 – the highest increase among the causes of traffic accidents.

In 2006, traffic accidents resulted to 674 fatalities, 3,767 injuries and 10,623 reported cases of damage to properties. After showing an increasing trend from 2001 to 2004, the number of fatalities decreased by 45.2% to 578 in 2005 but showed an increase of 16.7% to 674 in 2006. On the other hand, non-fatal accidents have been declining since 2003. After peaking at 11,627 in 2003, damage to properties had decreased until 2006 when it increased by 50.3%.

In terms of time of occurrence, most traffic accidents happened during daytime. In 2006, a total of 9,102 (60.4%) traffic accidents occurred in daytime while 5,962 (39.6%) occurred at nighttime.

Meanwhile, traffic accidents in 2006 mostly involved automobiles with 4,549 (27.0%) reported cases. This was followed by motorcycles (20.7%), jeepneys (19.2%) and trucks (11.1%).

 

Figure 1. Average Number of Traffic Accidents:
2001-2006

 

Table 1. Number of Traffic Accidents by Cause:
2001 and 2006

 

Table 2. Traffic Accidents: Results and Time of Occurrence:
2001-2006

 

Figure 2. Percent Distribution of Traffic Accidents by Type of Vehicle Involved: Metro Manila,
2006

 

Source of basic data: Traffic Management Group, Philippine National Police (PNP)

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