Danger-prone road conditions and recklessness of motorists have made Thailand become one of the three countries with the highest numbers of traffic fatalities in the world.
Based on the statistics of the World Health Organization and University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Thailand is ranked second in terms of traffic fatalities with 44 deaths per 100,000 per year. Coming first and third are Namibia and Iran with 45 and 38 fatalities per a population of 100,000 respectively. According to the global statistics, the average number of people died in road accidents is 18 per 100,000 per year. Analysts said the high number of fatalities not only resulted from motorists’ carelessness alone.
Accident-prone road conditions were also to blame for the tragedy. The Ministry of Public Health meanwhile revealed that nearly 500 accidents occurred at U-turns over the past year. The so-called seven dangerous New Year holidays that ended on 5th January saw 2,997 road accidents happened, resulting in 341 deaths and 3,117 injuries, the Road Safety Center has announced. Last year, the seven dangerous New Year holidays saw 366 people killed and 3,345 injured in road accidents.