ACN: Pedestrians, Major Victims of Car Accidents in Cuba
- Pedestrians, Major Victims of Car Accidents in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 15 (ACN) The National Commission for Road Traffic Security alerted in Havana about the increasing number of pedestrians, particularly senior citizens, involved in car accidents on the island.
The involvement of pedestrians in such fatal accidents has increased the number of fatal victims or irreparable physical consequences that have turned such events a problem, the authorities pointed out.
The commission insisted in the need to find and apply measures that reduce or find a solution to such regrettable events.
According to a study by the commission, 178 people died and 1 thousand 126 were injured in 1 thousand 238 accidents reported in 2012.
The involvement of pedestrians in car accidents stood for 35,4 mortality percent over the level reported about car drivers, and 18 percent of all victims in general, according to the study.
Road accidents constitute the main cause of death of people between five and eighteen years of age, and a major death cause up to 49 years, which constitute a serious health problem that will prevail till risk factors and their causes exist.
Frequent victims are senior citizens over 70, who have lost physical and mental faculties and are run over by cars, and motorbikes, the study explains.