Asia's highest recorded number of fatalities in traffic accidents occurred in Pakistan. In terms of deaths from traffic accidents, the nation came in 48th place overall. Around 1.35 million people worldwide are killed in traffic accidents every year, while 20 to 50 million get non-fatal injuries.
During a road safety awareness walk and lecture on Thursday, Dr. Salman Zubair, an assistant professor in the geography department at the University of Karachi (KU), provided the audience with this information, according to the News.
The National Highway and Motorway Police (NHMP) South Zone worked in conjunction with the geography department to organize the seminar at the KU Arts Auditorium.
He said that more than Rs. 47.8 billion in annual financial losses were anticipated as a result of traffic accidents in Karachi alone. He said that this sum amounted to around 0.5% of Pakistan's GNP, 2.5% of its GDP, and 12.7% of Karachi's GDP.
According to recent research from the sociology department at Quaid-e-Azam University, the number of traffic accidents in the nation has increased dramatically. Old and poorly maintained vehicles, cell phone use, careless driving, poor road conditions, etc. are some of the contributing causes.
The analysis emphasized that out of the total incidents on the Srinagar Highway in 2021, 57% of accidents were deadly while 43% were not. It did this by using official data from the appropriate departments. The ratio changed to 43% fatal and 57% non-fatal accidents in 2022, although the severity of the injuries was greater.
The ratio changed to 43% fatal and 57% non-fatal accidents in 2022, although the severity of the injuries was greater. It is important to note that by the end of this year, these numbers will have increased significantly.
According to the survey, irresponsible and excessive speeding are the biggest contributors to collisions. However, it was determined that authorities' carelessness is what leads to reckless driving and speeding.