There is a trend in Metro Manila roads for the past ten years, and this is not a good one. Since 2005, the amount of car accidents in the Metro has increased over the past decade. It doubled as the statistics say that from 2007-2018, car crashes went from 63,072 cases to a massive 116,906 in 2018.
Human error has been the prior reason for almost every accident in Manila. According to the Philippine National Police, 8 out of 10 accidents in Manila are due to mistakes committed by the drivers themselves. Some of these errors are losing control, not indicating proper road signals, and driving while texting or under the influence.
However, causes such as mechanical problems and lost brakes are also a part of this situation. Pedestrians, on the other hand, could be a victim of their own decisions as jaywalking can also be a factor in accidents. Damage caused by road accidents is totaled to millions in terms of material but is priceless when it comes to the human lives it has taken.
Driving on streets today is more dangerous than ever. The Metro Manila Development Authority has recorded that car accidents caused 49 injuries and one death per day in 2018. This is a terrible fact that needs to be addressed by the government and vehicle owners to make the Philippine roads safe for everyone.
As a driver, you need to be more careful. Here is an iChoose infographic on six things you can do to lessen your chances of being a part of this statistic.