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Some Facts On Car Accidents in Canada

Car accidents are relatively common in Canada and the fatalities per thousand are quite high among the OECD countries in the world. According to the Transport Canada’s National Collision Database or the NCDB, although the numbers are high, the overall trend of road accidents shows a decrease over the years. Despite being far too many in comparison to other developed countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, the number of fatalities and serious injuries in the past couple of years has fallen.

In 2010, the number of casualties because of the road accidents fell to their lowest since the 1970s. The federal and provincial governments along with the territories have strived to make road safety an important issue in the developmental plank for the country. The government of Canada aims to make the country’s roads the safest in the world. Visiting an accident injury lawyer in Toronto may not be on the list of things to do if you read on!

Here are a few facts and figures on the overall road safety in Canada:

  • By 2010, motor vehicle fatalities had reached about 2,227 which was slightly lower than 2,230 registered in 2009.
  • There has been a downward trend for serious injuries occurring on the roads. The number has fallen from 11,226 in 2010 from 11,289 in 2009.
  • In a population of about 100,000 the number of fatalities had dropped to 6.5 in 2010. It was 6.6 in 2009.
  • The youths are the worst road offenders with a high level of fatalities, most noticeable in motor vehicle collision facts and figures. Almost 23 per cent of casualties on the road were by 15-24 year old youths. This age group is only about 13 per cent of the entire population of Canada.
  • In 2010, 57 per cent of accidents on the road were in rural areas while 73 per cent fo fatalities were reported in urban agglomerations.

Victor Opara