Statistical and comprehensive Analysis of Reasons Why Road Accidents are Common in Dubai

Dubai has seen an extremely high populace and financial growth in the course of recent decades. This change was, sadly, accompanied by an increase in the road accident rates also, which were higher than the rates seen in the greater parts of the western nations.

Due to increased road accidents, the traffic authority of UAE has perceived this as a real thread hence reviewing the Federal Traffic Law. The new framework executed a lot higher penalties on traffic offenses. Dubai Police Department has proclaimed that the vital objective for Dubai is to have zero casualties on the road per 100,000 of the population by 2020.

However, now the question is what are the reasons behind road accidents in Dubai?

To answer this we will discuss what Dubai Police has uncovered as the top reasons behind road accidents to spread awareness among the occupants of Dubai to remain cautious on the road.

A statistical overview of the reasons behind road accidents in Dubai

The Dubai Police shared the following statistical data for reasons behind road accidents in Dubai.

 

Cause No. of accident Day/Night No. of vehicles Number of Injured Degree of Injury Category of Injured
Total % Legal Case. Injuries Legal Case, no injury Night Day     Death Severe Moderate Minor Driver Passenger Pedestrian
   
Others 3 0.1 1 2 1 2 4 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Fatigue and sleep 6 0.2 6 0 3 3 9 10 2 2 4 2 4 6 0
Sudden change of lane 621 20.1 335 286 305 316 1065 531 33 49 192 257 294 217 20
Carelessness and lack of attention 117 3.8 60 57 58 59 195 91 5 3 37 46 39 31 21
Overtaking in a non-overtaking zone 7 0.2 4 3 4 3 16 5 0 1 3 1 4 1 0
Overloading – Height 2 0.1 0 2 2 0 3   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Overloading – Weight 1 0 0 1 1 0 1   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Enter into street before making sure it is clear 173 5.6 102 71 83 90 364 164 7 16 54 87 98 65 1
Enter into an area where entry is not allowed 3 0.1 1 2 2 1 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Wrong U-Turn 9 0.3 6 3 5 4 17 7 0 0 2 5 5 0 2
Reverse in a dangerous way 92 3 14 78 47 45 179 16 2 0 8 6 5 1 10
Speeding 65 2.1 44 21 34 31 79 67 11 9 17 30 37 27 3
Reckless Driving 19 0.6 7 12 12 7 47 9 2 0 1 6 6 3 0
Driving the wrong way 31 1 23 8 14 17 68 46 3 4 15 24 26 20 0
Driving while intoxicated with drugs 52 1.7 13 39 37 15 97 17 0 0 3 14 12 5 0
Driving while intoxicated with alcohol 622 20.1 106 516 491 131 1173 164 9 20 30 105 87 61 16
Stopping in the middle of the road 12 0.4 12 0 8 4 27 37 9 7 10 11 15 22 0
Tyre explosion 5 0.2 5 0 3 2 7 11 3 0 4 4 5 6 0
Trailer detachment 1 0 0 1 0 1 3   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jumping red light 140 4.5 106 34 65 75 298 204 3 4 36 161 106 93 5
Unbridled animals on roads 3 0.1 1 2 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Falling of unsecured load 1 0 0 1 0 1 2   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doors not latched securely 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Not giving way to others 9 0.3 4 5 4 5 18 4 0 0 3 1 3 1 0
 Not keeping in lane 195 6.3 81 114 97 98 381 134 3 9 37 85 74 57 3
Lack of judgment 296 9.6 296 0 141 155 308 316 29 33 117 137 9 0 307
Not leaving enough distance 592 19.1 277 315 285 307 1447 502 40 39 143 280 266 224 12
Natural causes – rain 2 0.1 2 0 0 2 3 4 1 1 0 2 2 0 2
Opening door with lack of attention 2 0.1 1 1 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Obstacles – Oil 6 0.2 6 0 1 5 13 6 3 0 3 0 6 0 0
Obstacles – Water 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
  3 0.1 1 2 2 1 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 3 0
   
Total 3092 100 1516 1576 1710 1382 5482 2356 166 197 720 1273 1108 845 403

 

Since we have analyzed statistical overview of the reasons behind the road accidents in Dubai let us now discuss these reasons in a bit more detail but before that in terms of a bigger picture let us have an overview of another statistical data showing road accidents in Dubai in terms of years from 2003 to 2012.

 

Year Total number of accidents Population Accidents per 100,000 population Number of registered vehicles Accidents per 10,000 registered vehicles
2003 2,287 1,141,487 200. 435,722 53.
2004 2,413 1,228,178 197. 500,272 48.
2005 2,794 1,321,453 211. 630,000 44.
2006 3,224 1,421,812 227. 740,187 44.
2007 3,335 1,529,792 218.0 868,592 38.
2008 4,011 1,645,973 244. 996,997 40.
2009 3,576 1,770,978 202. 1,021,880 35.0
2010 2,686 3,300,000 81. 1,031,961 26.0
2011 2,636 3,361,183 78. 1,055,412 25.0
2012 2,932 4,089,107 713 1,137,750 26.

(2019). Pdfs.semanticscholar.org. Retrieved 5 August 2019, from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/e846/9517d6d066f176414f2850b4da16131248ce.pdf

In order to obtain further insights on such statistics and infographics on road accidents in Dubai, you can visit various online platforms such as newsroom of Pitstoparabia, which is an online tire shop, or any government-accredited platform such as of Dubai Police website.

A comprehensive overview of some of the key reasons behind road accidents in Dubai

Following is the detailed overview of common reasons behind road accidents in Dubai:

Fatigue and sleep

Most accidents occur due to the more probable reason that the driver is exhausted and he is feeling fatigued and drowsiness.

Normally drivers get tired when they are in the driver’s seat for extended periods of time or they are driving during typical resting hours. Sleepy driving is suspected to be a prominent contributor to road accidents.

It’s not a rule of thumb that the driver will feel sleepy only on the long drive. This could also occur on a short drive due to:

  • When the work hours are long, exhaustive and physically demanding
  • There is a lack of sleep
  • Sleep apnoea

 

A sudden change of lane

A sudden change of a lane is extremely dangerous behaviour on the road. This ignorant action bargains the security of the driver and puts his life and the lives of other drivers on the road in danger.

Carelessness and lack of attention

Some drivers are not attentive during the driving hence they are careless and lacks the attention and focus needed for the driving. This unmindful conduct during driving can bring about unexpected outcomes which can result in a deadly accident.

Commonly a driver gets distracted due to; instant messaging during driving, not being mentally present, talking to a fellow passenger, and many other reasons.

Overtaking in a non-overtaking zone

Along the road, there are no overtaking signs. This sign is alarming the driver that this is is a no-overtaking zone and a driver must not overtake until the constant white line changes into a doted one. However many drivers simply ignore this essential sign and try to overtake hence ending up into a road accident.

 

Overloading – Height

The driver that are looking to save time and most importantly few bucks on petrol ends up overloading their vehicle while ignoring the increased height of the cargo. This increased height of the cargo due to overloading makes the vehicle less stable because of more inertia of vehicle body and increased center of gravity.

Overloading – Weight

Every vehicle and its tyre has a load index. Load index is maximum limit a tyre or vehicle can carry. Some drivers load the vehicle pass the load index which is very dangerous. Overloaded vehicles can make the tyres to wear out quickly and overheat, which ultimately causes a tyre blowout ending up in a terrible accident.

Enter into the lane before making sure it is clear

Some driver simply forgets the fact that they are not alone on the road hence they enter on to a roadway before making sure it is clear. This instantaneous misjudgement causes the vehicle to collide with the oncoming vehicle. It is very important to make sure that the roadway is clear and safe to be merged onto.

Enter into an area where entry is not allowed

Occasionally drivers drive into an area which is fundamentally not allowed to be entered in due to various reasons and key restrictions such as the height of the vehicle or work going on ahead. But some of the drivers ignore this cautionary sign and enter anyway to save time and cut path short but this action comes with a price of life or serious injuries.

Wrong U-Turn

The wrong U-Turn stays one of the most hazardous drivers conduct on the road all around the globe. By taking a wrong U-Turn a driver is not only committing a felony he is also putting his life and the life of others into danger.

The wrong U-turn is particularly dangerous on the grounds that the driver needs to cross paths of oncoming traffic to completely make a turn hence increasing the probability of collision.

Reverse in a dangerous way

When a driver reverses in a dangerous way especially during rush hours the chance of collision is always there. Oncoming traffic does not perceive this irregular and unconventional behaviour quite instantaneously hence making a clouded judgment which usually ends in them making a wrong move and multiple a car crash.

Speeding

We all speed now and then in order to reach our destination quickly or just for fun without anticipating the consequences. Speeding can be very dangerous because the response time is decreased to a fraction of a split second. To sum it up, speed might thrill but it for sure kills.

 

Reckless Driving

Many drivers think it okay to drive in whatever way they want without following the traffic rules and fundamentals of ethical driving. However, this is not the case, if the driver is driving recklessly while not following the traffic rules than he is setting himself for an inevitable road accident.

Driving the wrong way

Majority of the driver everywhere around the world avoid those far away u-turns by driving the wrong way on the road. This ignorant choice can confuse the oncoming traffic hence ending up in an accident.

Driving while intoxicated with drugs or alcohol

Driving under the influence can immensely cloud the judgment and decision making abilities of the driver which usually makes them to make a stupid but a deadly mistake. Driving under influence is also a crime of which the price might be the life of the driver himself or any other innocent on the road.

Stopping in the middle of the road

Well, it’s the obvious and fundamental fact that in order stop your vehicle you must merge into the left-most lane while indicating the act using the left indicator and slowly bringing your vehicle to the rest while getting off the road. However, in most cases, drivers were observed suddenly stopping in the middle of the road and being hit by a vehicle from behind.

Tyre blowout

If you are not keeping your tyres maintained or ignoring the key limitations such as load index and tyre pressure then there is a high probability that tyre blowout will occur, irrespective of whether you have those reliable Yokohama tyres or not.

Majority tyre blowout happens due to over-inflation or tyre being not able to support the weight of the vehicle. When the tyre explosion occurs the driver loses the control of the vehicle which ends up in a road accident.

Other various reasons

  • Trailer detachment
  • Jumping red light
  • Unbridled animals on roads
  • Falling of unsecured load
  • Doors not latched securely
  • Not giving way to others
  • Not keeping in lane
  • Lack of judgment
  • Not leaving enough distance
  • Natural causes – rain
  • Opening door with lack of attention
  • Obstacles – Oil
  • Obstacles – Water

 

Final takeaway

Hopefully, you will comprehend the reasons discussed in the article above to avoid road accidents and stay safe on the road as well as keep others on the r

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