The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has compiled a nifty report on motoring accidents in 2015 and it looks grim compared to numbers from the previous year.
A recorded 95,615 traffic accidents occurred last year – 5,357 more than in 2014 – and it resulted in the death of 519 persons, injury to 17,103 people and a total of 77,993 cases of damage to property.
Motorcycles tops the list of modes of transportation with the most number of deaths or injuries from road accidents with 262 cases and even the non-fatal road incidents with 11,620.
Trucks with 129 and private vehicles with 125 complete the top three vehicle types that caused death in road accidents last year while in non-fatal road accidents, private vehicles climbed up to the second spot with 7,427 cases and public utility jeepneys (PUJs) came in third with 2,161.
When it comes to property damage, private cars have caused the most with 83,077 cases followed by trucks with 15,737 and vans at 14,413.
A whopping 95,570 cases of the accidents were caused by human error while 29 were due to vehicle defect and 15 cases can be attributed to poor road conditions.
37.66-percent of these accidents occurred at night while 62.33-percent happened during daytime and the most dangerous month of the year to be on the road is December.
The 50 most accident-prone areas were also identified and these are as follows:
In the north:
- Quirino Highway and Rizal Avenue in Caloocan City
- Circumferential Road – 4
- Gov. Pascual Avenue
- M.H. Del Pilar Street
- McArthur Highway in Malabon City
- Honorio Lopez Boulevard
- Radial Road 10
- Naval Street in Navotas
- Maysan Road
- McArthur Highway in Valenzuela
In the south:
- Sergio Osmena Highway
- Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City
- Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue Extension
- Alabang-Zapote Road
- Real Street and Marcos Alvarez Avenue in Las Pinas City
- West Service Road
- National Highway in Muntinlupa City
- Alabang-Zapote Road; West Service Road,
- Roxas Boulevard
- Ninoy Aquino Avenue
- Dr. A Santos Avenue in Paranaque City
- Epifanio de los Santos Avenue
- Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City
- Carlos P. Garcia Avenue
- Circumferential Road 5
- M.L. Quezon Street
- East Service Road
- Almeda Street and Herrera Street in Pateros.
- Quezon Avenue
- Katipunan Avenue
In the east:
- Marcos and Sumulong Highways in Marikina City
- Shaw Boulevard
- Ortigas Avenue
- E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue
- Julia Vargas Street
- Ortigas Avenue
- Santolan Road
- P. Guevarra Street
- N. Domingo Street
- Commonwealth Avenue
- President Sergio Osmena Highway
- Quirino Highway
Accidents in Quezon City recorded the most number of deaths with 146 followed by Manila with 83, Caloocan (43), Taguig (39), Valenzuela (33), Marikina and Paranaque (26), Las Pinas (24), Pasig (23), Muntinlupa (21), Makati (19), Navotas (12), Pasay (10), Mandaluyong (7), Malabon (5), and San Juan (2).
These numbers come from the MMDA’s Metro Manila Accident Recording and Analysis System (MMRAS), which was devised by the Road Safety Unit (RSU) of the MMDA-Traffic Discipline Office-Traffic Engineering Center (MMDA-TDO-TEC), with the cooperation and assistance of the Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).