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    5 Things You Should Do After a Driving Accident

    No one ever truly wishes to be involved in a driving accident but the fact remains that they occur more frequently than most people realise.

    According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), at least 2,699 people were killed in road crashes that occurred on Nigerian roads between January and June 2019. Within the same period, no less than 18,198 persons sustained injuries.

    In total, the FRSC stated that 5,423 crashes were recorded during the period. This brings us to what you should do if you find yourself involved in a driving accident.

    What exactly should your response be after a driving accident? Does your response have any implication on your insurance claims or who gets to foot the repairs of the other person’s car? Find out five things you should do after a driving accident:

    Road-and-driving-accident-in-Nigeria

    Source: TVC News

    Stay Calm

    It is quite hard to ask a Nigerian who has just had an accident to stay calm. The daily picture you see on the road of motorists who are involved in driving accidents makes this advice take the form of a castle in the air. The average Nigerian uses this opportunity to flaunt his/her vocabulary or ability to argue while screaming vulgarities and insults at the other person involved in the accident.

    No doubt, emotions are bound to run high – Fear and anger are likely to make you act without caution. However, it is best to stay calm. Do not, out of joy or rage, admit that you are to blame. Never admit liability.

    Take Pictures of the Scene

    Except in cases where you need urgent medical attention in the hospital, you should not vacate the scene of the accident. Get all the basic information of the other motorist – driver’s license, license plate number, car colour etc.

    The prevalence of mobile phones has made it easier to personally record evidence before the arrival of law enforcement agents. This could also be useful for insurance claims.

    Take photos of the scene of the accident, even if you do not intend to use it for insurance claims. The photos could be useful for property damage images, images of the positioning of the cars, where they were in the street, etc. If you sustained visible injuries, you should capture them as well.

    Source: Tonero Photo Agency

    Call the Police

    It is important you call the police even if it is just a minor accident. A police report could be required in filing a claim with your insurance company, no matter how small the claim is. Also, the vehicles should remain at the spot where the accident occurred until the arrival of the police, except if they are impeding the flow of traffic.

    Ensure You Make an Accurate Report

    With the arrival of the investigating officer, you and the offending driver will be expected to give statements. Make sure you present an accurate account of the events that led to the accident to the investigating officer.

    Avoid speculating or misstating any facts. Instead, when in doubt, tell the officer that you are uncertain about that specific question. For instance, if asked whether you are injured, do not say no, if you are not sure. Just tell the officer that you are unsure. This is because sometimes the pain of injuries from a collision may not be obvious at the moment of the accident. Just as you are expected to make an accurate statement, make sure the other person involved in the accident also does the same.

    Source: Frolic Media

    Seek Medical Attention

    It is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you can’t see any visible injuries. A medical check-up will make you certain that there are no internal injuries and that the shock from the accident has not impacted you negatively.

    Failure to do a medical check-up may present dire consequences on your health in the future. This will be particularly painful if the health problem turns out to be something an early detection could have prevented.

    Final Thoughts on What to Do After a Driving Accident

    Sometimes, it could be wise to involve your lawyer if the accident is serious. This is to avoid being cheated, manipulated or exploited by the other party or even the insurance company. The involvement of a lawyer could fast-track the payment of your insurance claims. Once you own a car, you can’t overemphasize your need for an insurance policy for your vehicle. It protects you from unforeseen circumstances that come with auto accidents.

    Source  & Credit: Cheki

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    12 Persons Burnt To Death In Road Accident In Bayelsa

    While nine persons were reportedly burnt to ashes on the spot following an explosion at the accident scene, four others later died on arrival at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri.

    Twelve persons were on Wednesday night burnt to death following a fatal motor accident along the Tombia-Ammassoma Road in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

    While nine persons were reportedly burnt to ashes on the spot following an explosion at the accident scene, four others later died on arrival at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri.

    It was gathered that the incident involved a 14-seater passenger bus and a diesel-laden truck believed to be transporting product to a construction site around the Ammassoma area.

    Eyewitnesses said, “The bus and tanker collided and the bus burst into flames, everybody in the bus was trapped and burnt beyond recognition except three persons who later gave up the ghost at the hospital.”

    Spokesperson for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident, adding that the scene was gory and horrible.

    Source: Sahara Reporters

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    4 women killed in ghastly accident in Ibadan

    Four women has been killed in a road accident at Alesinloye junction when a truck lost control and rammed into a Nissan Micra and motorcycles.

    Radio Nigeria’s Adedayo Adelowo reported that the accident, happened early Wednesday morning.

    He said the truck hit the Nissan and motorcycles and there after plunged into a road side dictch trapping the victims.

    It took rescuers over an hour to evacuate the remains of the victims as hundreds of people gathered at the scene with total disregard to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    The accident caused heavy traffic gridlock in parts of Ibadan including Dugbe, Alesinloye and Ring road.

    Commander, Oyo state road transport management Agency, Mr Bolaji Adelaku said overloading and defiance to traffic rules were the cause of the accident.

    Police public relations officer in Oyo state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi said the victims were taken away by officials of FRSC.

    In February last year, a road accident involving a truck occured at the same spot leaving six people dead. Adedayo Adewolo

    Source: Radio Nigeria

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    Nigeria’s roads: ‘My son died in a car accident – now I control traffic’

    During her free time, Nigerian Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem controls traffic in the capital, Abuja, eight years after her son was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

    On the day I met her she was clad in her blue traffic vest, feet spread apart, sweaty arms slicing the air at a frantic pace, as she directed cars in 38C (100F) heat fuelled by the idling cars.

    Around her was the busy chaos of the Berger roundabout in the city’s central area.

    The cars that were not moving were hunched on their front axles, horns blaring, impatiently waiting for her to say “go”.

    She was clearly in charge.

    “Many Nigerians are impatient and it shows in their driving,” Justice Dongban-Mensem told me.

    Monica Dongban-Mensem (centre) received training from authorities to qualify as a traffic officer

    She did not know who was responsible for her son’s death but wanted to tackle some of the poor driving she witnessed.

    She started going to bus stations to speak to drivers about road safety in Nigeria.

    What she found shocked her.

    Most of the drivers had not received proper training and were not familiar with the traffic rules.

    Such ignorance might have caused the death of her son and she was determined to change that.

    The 62-year-old has set up a non-profit organisation named after her late son – Kwapda’as Road Safety Demand – to educate motorists about safety and she also plans to establish a driving school for potential commercial drivers, where they can receive training free-of-charge.

    Accidents and road deaths in Nigeria

    Showing data from 2012 – 2018 – Source: Federal Road Safety Corps | BBC

    Not content with that, Justice Dongban-Mensem wanted to play a role in controlling the traffic herself. After weeks of training with the road safety commission she qualified as a traffic warden.

    It was not until 2016, five years after the accident, that she felt able to visit the scene of her son’s death in the central Nigerian city of Jos.

    “My mission was to find someone who could just tell me or describe to me how my son died.”

    But once she got there, she was left terrified, sad and angry by the chaos she saw.

    The Miners Junction, in the Tundun Wada area of the city, is one of the busiest junctions in the city, connecting several business districts in the Plateau state capital.

    She thought that the road planning was poor, she saw that a section of the road was deteriorating in parts and some traffic signs were absent.

    ‘Son was lying on the road’

    It was a dangerous setting that had led to several accidents such as the one that killed her son, 32-year-old Kwapda’as Dongban, in 2011.

    “From a layman’s point of view, I could see that the road was structurally dangerous and we learnt that many persons had been killed along that portion of the road and no government has been able to fix it,” she said.

    The authorities in Jos told the BBC they are rehabilitating the bad roads and sympathise with those that have lost loved ones. But, an official said, pedestrians and motorists must take responsibility for how they use the roads.

    People in the area told the judge that they saw her son lying on the road, but could not assist him.

    I gave up sleep, hoping that my son will walk through the door and give me a big hug” | Monica Dongban-Mensem

    “He broke his two legs and neighbours within the area looked the other way as my son groaned in pain, bleeding from one end of the road to the other,” Justice Dongban-Mensem said in anger.

    “He gave up the ghost in the pool of his own blood but I am sure he would have survived if he was rushed to the hospital.”

    Her son had just graduated with a law degree from the University of Jos and had returned to the city for his certificate when he was killed.

    “My son wanted to be the best prosecutor in the world but died like a chicken on the street after being knocked down.”

    Since Kwapda’as Dongban was knocked down, the number of people who have died on Nigeria’s roads has remained fairly constant.

    Pushing for life sentences

    According to the Federal Road Safety Corps, there was a slight dip in 2013, but since then between 5,000 and 6,000 people have been killed every year.

    That works out at more than 13 people every day.

    Most of the accidents are caused by drivers without a licence, which is a common problem, the authorities say. In May 2019, for example, more than 60,000 people in Lagos state were driving without a licence.

    In addition, there is no national database for registered cars or road cameras to capture the identities of fleeing drivers.

    This makes it difficult to track hit-and-run drivers, like the one that killed Justice Dongban-Mensem’s son.

    Road safety in Nigeria

    • 200 million people
    • 12.5 million vehicles
    • 5,181 deaths on the roads in 2018
    • 965 accredited driving schools

    Source: FRSC

    If hit-and-run drivers are caught they can be charged with manslaughter and face up to 14 years in jail if found guilty.

    Justice Dongban-Mensem felt this was not enough. She argued that those found guilty should be imprisoned for life and the families of those killed should receive financial compensation.

    But this would still not help deal with the pain of losing a loved one.

    Source: BBC

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