National statistics have revealed that traffic accidents increased by 26% in the third quarter of 2021, in comparison to last year.
According to data, there were 3,980 accidents between July and September – an increase from 3,167. The figures include two fatalities – a driver who crashed into another vehicle and a pedestrian, as the NSO revealed.
Birkirkara remains the worst locality for accidents, with 253 accidents recorded in 2021, followed by Qormi and St. Paul’s Bay with 208 and 204 cases, respectively.
Meanwhile, few accidents were reported in L-Għasri, San Lawrenz, and Ix-Xgħajra, which registered less than five road traffic accidents each. Car drivers accounted for the most casualties (136) followed by motorcycle riders (123), car passengers (60), and pedestrians (50).
In total, 11 cyclists were involved in traffic accidents, three of whom suffered grievous injuries. Most accidents were collisions between two vehicles (67.4%).
As in previous periods, the number of accidents is highest on a Thursday than on any other day. Men aged between 26 – 40 are the most likely to be involved in an accident.
Most road accidents occur between 12 pm and 3 pm with 897 cases, followed by 9 am and 12 pm with 874 cases.