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Police stats show 500+ people have been injured in road accidents in 2013

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More than 500 people have been injured on Bermuda's roads so far this year, according to the latest statistics.

Police responded to a total of 1,045 accidents in the first seven months of 2013, five of which turned out to be fatal.

The statistics do not take into account data for the month of August, which has seen a further two road fatalities.

According to the figures, there has been 468 accidents which resulted in non-fatal injury in the first seven months of this year, and a further 572 crashes where vehicles were damaged but motorists escaped unharmed.

A breakdown of the injury statistics shows that, of the 557 motorists hurt on the roads in 2013, the vast majority — 456 — received only minor or ‘slight' injuries.

But 96 motorists were categorised as “serious”, 11 of whom required treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The statistics also reveal the causes of accidents, with driver inattention given as the main reason for crashes.

A total of 299 accidents — more than half — were attributed to inattention, while 106 mishaps were caused by drivers following too closely, or tailgating.

Inexperience was given as the third major cause of accidents (102) while wet roads and improper overtaking manoeuvrers accounted for 74 and 72 accidents respectively.

But there is little evidence to suggest that drink-driving has played a significant role in crashes this year.

Just 52 accidents — less than five percent of the total recorded so far this year — resulted in police making an arrest for driving while impaired.

A breakdown of accident victim ages showed that young motorists between the ages of 16 and 20 accounted for 15 percent of this years accidents, while drivers in their 20s and 30s each accounted for around 20 percent.

And men are more likely to be involved in an accident than women — 1,062 resident males were involved in accidents, compared to 662 females.

A further 54 male tourists and 51 female tourists were involved in crashes.

Photo by Glenn Tucker Members of the emergency and medical services, attend to a single vehicle accident on Middle Road, Smith's recently.
Bermuda Fire Service EMS and police tend to a man who was involved in an accident at the junction of Dundonald street and Cedar Avenue recently.
Serious road accident: Bermuda Police Forensics Officers investigate a motor bike on South Shore Road in Paget recently.

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Published August 28, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 28, 2013 at 12:19 am)

Police stats show 500+ people have been injured in road accidents in 2013

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