Road Crashes Leading Cause of Accidental Deaths in Ghana – Report

Road Crashes Leading Cause of Accidental Deaths in Ghana – Report

Road crashes continue to be the major contributor of accident-related deaths in Ghana according to the Ghana Public Safety and Crime report issued the Bureau of Public Safety.

The report released on September 13 asserted that road accident accounts for a total of fifty-two percent (52%) of the total casualties recorded between the period of January to June 2020.

It explains that despite the construction of new roads in most parts of the country, Ghana suffers the loss of at least three (3) persons in transportation-related accidents each day.

The report sighted by contained data collected from January 1 to June 30, 2020 and includes weekends and holidays and was under the supervision of the National Media Commission (NMC) of Ghana.

The data was sourced from some portals associated with key television and radio stations in Ghana.

According to the report, the restrictions imposed by the government on selected areas across three regions namely Greater Kumasi, Greater Accra, and the Eastern Region respectively reduced the accidental death as data monitored did not show any significant impact on public safety and crime but for a surge in suicide cases.

The Ghana Public Safety and Crime Report (BPS WATCH) broadly categorizes public safety issues into ten categories (index) namely Crime, Violent Crime, Fires/Industrial(Workplace) related incidents, transportation-related incidents, Civil Disturbances, Police Officer Casualties, Police Brutalities, Police Arrests, Natural Disasters and General Incidents.

It also takes into consideration the casualties that occur under each case by recording injuries and deaths (casualties index) where they arise.

Read Highlights of the report below

1. Total public safety incidents reported decreased by 3% over the same period in Y2019, being a total of 649 events for Y2019 as against 628 events for Y2020.

2. Total deaths monitored increased by 7%, from 411 total deaths in 2019 to 440 deaths in Y2020.

3. Total injuries monitored for the period increased by over 16% compared to the same period in Y2019.

4. Preventable deaths1 (also referred to as accidental/unintentional deaths) recorded in the first half of Y2020 increased by 12% over the same period in Y2019.

5. Approximately two (2) persons are accidentally killed each day in a preventable occurrence.

6. The top three causes of accidental deaths in Ghana over the period are road crashes, drowning, and mine pit collapses, mainly from illegal mining activities

7. Reported transportation-related events (dominated by road crashes) increased by 42% with a 20% increase in overall casualties compared to the same period in Y2019.

8. Road crashes remain the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ghana; it accounts for over 52% of total casualties monitored for the period January to June 2020.

9. Ghana suffers approximately three (3) persons to casualty loss in transportation incidents each day.

10. Murder/manslaughter incidents continue to dominate reported violent crime activities in Ghana, increasing from 19% to 30% for the same period in Y2019.

11. More people continue to fall victim to murder/manslaughter events.

12. Death counts increased by over 26% compared to the same period in Y2019, though reported cases decreased by 3% for the same period.

13. More than 70% of murder/manslaughter cases occurred outside of the home or workplace.

14. Gun use in the commission of violent crime increased by more than 21% over the same period in Y2019.

15. Suicide cases increased by more than 66% in Y2020 compared to the same period in Y2019.

16. Approximately three (3) out of every four (4) suicide events occurred within or near the victims’ places of abode.

17. Reports of armed robbery incidents monitored decreased significantly (by more than 70%) compared to the same period in Y2019.

18. Data monitored showed a 35% increase in police arrest efforts for the first half of Y2020 compared to the same period in Y2019.


Source: // Theophilus Kwabena Yeboah