Road takes 7,397 lives: 1,722 of 16,193 injured survive with disability


PV Desk : A total of 7,397 people were killed and 16,193 others were injured in at least 4,979 road accidents across Bangladesh in 2017. Of the injured, 1,722 people survived with permanent disability.
Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a platform working for the protection of passenger rights, revealed the statistics at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) on Saturday (January 13).
Secretary General of the organization Md Mozammel Haque presented the written statement, while former adviser to the caretaker government Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman and former PSC chairman and president of accident-prevention platform- ‘Fuara’ Ikram Ahmed also attended the press conference, among others.
Mozammel Haque said that a total of 23,590 passengers, drivers, transport workers and pedestrians were the victims of road accidents that happened from January 1 to December 31 in 2017. On them, 7,397 died and 1,722 were disabled permanently by losing their hand, leg or any other organ.

The report was prepared based on media reports published in 20 national and regional newspapers and online news portals.
Mozammel Haque said that the loss from the accidents in 2017 is worth 1.50 to 2.00 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).