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Road Accidents: Colossal Economic, Financial Loss

Christopher JATOR | 08-02-2018 04:56

The Littoral alone recorded 812 road accidents in which 205 died and 686 wounded. There was considerable material loss between 2016 and March 2017.

The rate of fatal road accidents in Cameroon is causing grief and pain to many families. Of late, it has become very frequent causing many deaths and leaving many incapacitated. From an economic standpoint, it is draining coffers of the State, companies, families and individuals.

Some FCFA 188.498 billion was paid as insurance claim from 2010 to 2015 with FCFA 40.192 billion paid in 2015 alone; about FCFA 40 billion went to road accident, according to the Association of Insurance Companies in Cameroon, ASAC, confirmed by its Chargé d’Etudes N°1, Valère Francis Baliaba.

In 2010, FCFA 24.5 billion went for accident and the amount increased to FCFA 27.9 billion in just one year – 2011.

The steady increase continued till 2013, where FCFA 29.3 billion was spent and later sprang to FCFA 37.5 billion in 2014, and again to 40.1 billion in 2015.

Between 2016 and March 2017, the Littoral Delegation of Transport recorded 812 road accidents of which 205 were deaths and 686 wounded as well as considerable material loss. With the advent of commercial motorcycle, the city’s road accident has risen exponentially.

Factors rresponsible include age, illiteracy, alcohol consumption, and inexperience in driving, non-respect of the Highway Code, speed and potholes. It is sometimes the driver who drives while engaging in a telephone conversation. To the Delegation, difficulties linked to road accidents and road safety is that of insufficient logistic means.

 “Some two years ago WHO indicated that road accident deaths reached 3,988, representing 1.84 per cent of total deaths in Cameroon. Still, the World Bank estimated that about 12 people are victims of road accidents each day, averaging 4,700 victims nationwide every year since 2010 with some 7,000 people estimated to be wounded and disabled in 2015,” Fidelis Ngochia, Secretary of the Cameroon Association for the Defence of Victims of Accident, CADVA, told CT.

Some FCFA 100 billion was lost to road accidents in 2008; FCFA 200 billion was projected to be lost in 2015. With the recent increase on road fatalities, the statistics in terms of government expenditures within the period of 2016 to 2017 will surely rise above the projections of 2015 in terms of emergency care, medical treatments coupled with claims and compensations, he explained.

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