Every hour in Ghana, a car crashes – Road Safety data shows

Source The Ghana Report/Sefanam Agbobli

As you read this, a vehicle is either about to crash or has crashed this hour.

This revelation is contained in the National Road Safety Authority’s data between the  period of January to October.

According to the statistics, 11,342 crashes were recorded between the period , an increase in the 2018 figure of 11, 159 within the same period.

An average of the figure [11,342] shows that every hour, a car gets an accident in Ghana.

Accident at Ofankor Barrier

Out of these crashes, 1,915 people lost their lives whereas, 11,520 got injured in varying degrees of seriousness. Some of the injured suffered amputations.

Some 18,252 vehicles were involved in these accidents.

These crashes were either pedestrian knock downs, motor cycle accidents or vehicular crashes.

More private vehicles were involved in the accidents than commercial vehicles.

Private vehicles: 7,932

Commercial vehicles: 6,951

Two and Three Wheelers: 3,369.

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The National Road Safety Authority has attributed these sky-rocketing figures to what it says is the non-compliance with road safety regulations on the part of drivers, motor riders and pedestrians.


The Road Safety Authority says in order to reduce the number of road crashes on the country’s roads, NABCO and Nation Service personnel will be deployed to patrol major roads throughout the country.

This was announced by the Director General of the Authority, May Obiri Yeboah at the launch of this year’s road safety campaign dubbed ‘stop road accident now before it stops you’.

She stressed on the need for a behavioral change.

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