Two-wheeled vehicle motorcycle. The popularity of this vehicle is increasing to move from one place to another quickly in a short time. As the number of vehicles is increasing in rural as well as metropolitan areas, so is the number of motorcycle accidents. An analysis by the Accident Research Institute (ARI) of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) shows that the number of motorcycle accidents in the country has more than tripled in the last six years. The number of injured and killed has also increased at an almost proportional rate.
In 2016, there were 26 motorcycle accidents in 26 accidents. In 2019, the number of accidents stood at 1,106. The number of casualties has also increased by the same amount. In 2016, 338 people were killed and 203 injured. In 2019, the death toll rose to 1,196. Where the number of injured is 70.
The same situation happened in the next two years. In 2020, the number of deaths in 956 accidents was 1,096 and the number of injured was 423. In 2021, 1,017 people died and 454 were injured in 994 accidents. As it turns out, the number of casualties from accidents is more than doubling.
ARI’s analysis shows that the highest number of accidents occurred in 2021 due to pushing from behind. Analysts put the rate at 42 percent. Since then, there have been 14 head-on collisions and pedestrian collisions. Besides, 10 per cent accidents occurred due to loss of control of motorcycles, 9 per cent accidents due to collisions with vehicles, 3 per cent accidents due to road mismanagement and obstruction and 2 per cent accidents while parking.
In the newly departed year, the rate of motorcycle accidents in the capital is 6 percent. 93 percent of the accidents were outside Dhaka and most of them were on highways. The big reason is that there is less traffic supervision. In addition, the passengers travel more on the highway mofasabalera accidents are more likely to happen, said the researcher. Md. Hadiuzzaman informed.
The ARI director said, “Motorcycles are being used as an alternative to public transport outside Dhaka. They are going up on the highway from time to time. But the highway does not match the city road. A driver who is accustomed to riding a motorcycle on a city or village road will never be able to ride a motorcycle on the highway. There are different rules, you have to pay more attention to the speed. But most people do not mean that.
Dr. Md. Hadiuzzaman expressed frustration, saying, “In the beginning, when motorcycles were being developed as an alternative to public transport, the number was low. In Dhaka, where public transport is not developing as an institution, there is no question outside Dhaka. ‘
Considering the time, most accidents occurred in 2021 during the day. At that time, 83 percent of the accidents occurred, and the rate of accidents at night is 20 percent. However, ARI analysts could not specify the time of the remaining 6 percent of accidents.
Analysts at ARI also provide specific information on how many times a week motorcycle accidents occur. The highest number of accidents occurred on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. In those three days, 15 percent accidents have occurred respectively. On Tuesday and Wednesday, at least 13 percent of motorcycle accidents occurred. In addition, 14 percent of motorcycle accidents occurred on Saturday and Monday.
Accident research institute analyst Dr. as the reason for more accidents before and after the holiday. Hadiuzzaman blames young bikers. “People go for walks more during the off-season,” he said. On the highway they go on long trips. But there was a time when this was not the trend. On the Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Tangail Highway or Mawa Expressway, youngsters race at speeds of more than 150 kmph. But there is a service lane in Tangail or Mawa, the motorcycles have to go through that lane. They are racing with the bus-truck without doing that. That wasn’t supposed to happen. ”
He said, “It is not only in Bangladesh that the number of accidents is increasing in the days of closure, it is also seen abroad.” They are driving while having fun under the influence of alcohol, which is increasing the number of accidents. That is what we are seeing now. ‘
He described the lack of attention to accidents or deaths as a sign of cancer, saying, “We are now going to the highest levels of cancer.” He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer
On the other hand, another study by BUET’s Accident Research Institute (ARI) shows that Bangladesh ranks top among Asian countries in motorcycle accidents.
In February 2020, ARI published a research paper entitled ‘A Review of Motorcycle Safety Situation in Bangladesh’ on motorcycle accidents from 1997 to 2016. According to ARI researchers, Bhutan is at the bottom of the list. Out of every 10,000 motorcycles, only 2.1 motorcycle accidents have occurred in the country. And 26.4 motorcycles are the victims of accidents in Bangladesh.