The Dangers of the Ghanaian Roadway and How to Prevent Accidents
The dangers of the Ghanaian roadway are greater than most people realize. Some of these dangers are obvious, such as drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and unsafe vehicles.
However, other dangers are not so obvious to those who do not travel the Ghanaian roadways on a regular basis.
To help Ghanaians better avoid the dangers that face them when they travel in their own country, this article will explain these hazards in detail and offer some easy steps to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place or to mitigate the damage if an accident does occur.
Reasons for Deadly Car Crashes
1.One of the main reasons for car accidents is speeding. According to research, speeding is a factor in about 30% of all fatal crashes.
2.Another cause of car accidents is distracted driving. This can include anything from texting while driving to talking on the phone, eating, or even just looking away from the road for a split second.
3.Driving under the influence is also a major cause of car accidents.
Part 1: Drivers
In Ghana, drivers are often the cause of road accidents. Many drivers are not licensed and do not know the rules of the road.
They also drive recklessly, at high speeds, and under the influence of alcohol. These factors all contribute to the high number of accidents on Ghanaian roads.
Part 2: Vehicles
One of the most common causes of accidents on Ghanaian roads is vehicles. Many cars, trucks, and motorcycles are not in good condition and are not well-maintained.
This can lead to problems with the brakes, tires, or other parts of the vehicle. Drivers also often do not follow traffic laws, which can result in accidents.
Part 3: Roads
In Ghana, as in many other countries, road accidents are a leading cause of death. The reasons for these accidents are many and varied, but there are some commonalities.
First, poor road conditions are a major factor. Potholes, washed-out roads, and debris are all hazards that can lead to serious accidents.
Second, driver error is another major cause of accidents on Ghanaian roads. Speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are all dangerous behaviors that can lead to tragedy.
Part 4: Pedestrians
Even if you’re not in a car, you’re still at risk on the Ghanaian roads. reckless pedestrians are one of the leading causes of accidents.
To avoid being hit by a car, always use sidewalks when they are available and be cautious when crossing streets.
If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder as far away from traffic as possible. Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective gear at night.
Part 5: Traffic Lights
Traffic lights are one of the most important ways to regulate traffic flow and keep drivers safe. However, in Ghana, they are often ignored or treated as suggestions.
This can lead to dangerous situations and accidents. To avoid this, drivers should be more cautious at intersections and obey all traffic signals.
Part 6: Helmets and Seatbelts
It is estimated that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by up to 85%. Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash by up to 50%.
In Ghana, however, only about 1% of motorcyclists and 10% of car occupants use seatbelts.
Part 7: Drunk Driving
One of the leading causes of accidents on Ghanaian roads is drunk driving. Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to themselves and others on the road, and it is important to be aware of the dangers they pose.
There are a few things you can do to avoid being in an accident with a drunk driver.
First, if you see a car swerving or driving erratically, do not assume that the driver is just tired or distracted.
It could be that they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Government of Ghana must construct enough dual carriage roads to reduce the rate of accident in the country.
And Citizens must also respect road rules and avoid unnecessary accident, over speeding and wrong overtaking.
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