The Top 5 Accident-Prone Countries in the World

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Accidents are known as a great killer of many lives. They can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time with no cautions. Among all the forms of sudden misfortunes, road accidents are the most prevalent one today. Many drivers as well as people out on the road do not follow simple traffic rules such as the use of seat belt, motorcycle helmet policy, drink-driving law, and the speeding rule.

Assembled according to the reported number of road traffic deaths, here are the top five accident-prone countries in the world that all drivers should be aware of.

1) India

Considered as the most accident-prone country worldwide, India suffers more road accident deaths than any other country in the world, topping with a death toll of 130,000 in a single year. While a small percentage of the accidents are caused by the carelessness of drivers and pedestrians, lack of traffic management and flooding of the roads, their primary cause are the country’s congested and poorly-constructed roads.

2) China

Although the number of road accident deaths in China is “only” half of India’s, the traffic in China is still known as risky for vehicles and pedestrians. There is even a saying that you must master the skill of defensive driving in order to survive Chinese traffic. This is mainly because traffic rules are ignored since overtaking is a norm and the red light is identified as green if there are no cars passing anyway.

3) Brazil

Driving in Brazil is another carnival ride. From car theft and armed robberies to reckless drivers and traffic jams, Brazil also holds a high number of road accidents. Size doesn’t matter in Brazil as well where motorcycles and trucks are identified as the most unsafe vehicles to be with on the road. Motorcycles go between lanes and a number of truck drivers drive under the influence of alcohol. It is also known that the majority of Brazilians do not follow pedestrian lanes and cross the roads while the vehicles are on the go.

4) United States of America

As the vehicles on the road increase in number, so does the U.S. becomes a more hazardous place. The top three causes of car accidents in the U.S. involve alcohol, speeding, and reckless driving. It is usually the driver’s fault that road accidents happen in the country. Aside from drunken drivers, a huge percentage of the total number of driving accidents per year are caused by talking on the phone, chatting with their passengers, and eating or drinking while on the wheel.

5) Indonesia

The streets of Indonesia is the 5th most accident-prone place in the world because of its lack of traffic law enforcement. One of them is its leniency in passing driver’s licences. Public transit drivers in Indonesia do not receive the necessary training, especially on road regulations before they obtain their licences. Insufficient checks on bus operators add to the potential road carnage.

Given this list, it can then be understood how strictly implementing and following traffic rules is a must to avoid accidents that can lead to injuries and loss of lives. Whether you are a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, we all need to be mindful of the enforced laws for the sake of our own safety and the safety of others.

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