CAIRO: The total number of car accidents in Egypt in 2013 reached 15,578 accidents, in comparison with 15,516 accidents in 2012, according to an annual bulletin from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued Monday.
The release also reported train accidents in 2013 reached 781 in comparison to 447 accidents in 2012, increasing by 74.7 percent, “due to the poor state of barriers.”
An estimated 12,000 Egyptians die every year in automobile accidents, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization.
“Eighty percent of accidents are due to human error and the other 20 percent are due to the state of the roads and the vehicle,” Samy Mokhtar, the head of the Egyptian Association for the Care of Road Victims told The Cairo Post in May.
Mokhtar said accidents have increased dramatically compared to 2007, when only 7,000 died and 23,000 were injured.
“50 percent of those who died in car accidents in 2013 were youth,” according to the CAPMAS release.
“Let’s face it; we all know that discipline has not returned yet to Egyptian streets or traffic; however the moment discipline returns to drivers, accidents will decrease by half,” Mokhtar said.
The head of the Roads and Bridges Authority, Maj. Gen. Saad al-Geuoshy, told The Cairo Post in May that the number of accidents increased as chaos and instability has increased in the country over the last three years.
“Now you can see cars driving in [lanes] in the opposite direction,” he said.