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Here are the factors that contribute to road accidents in Ghana

Ghana, like many countries around the world, grapples with the scourge of road accidents.

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Despite efforts to improve road safety, the number of accidents remains alarmingly high, resulting in loss of lives, injuries, and economic costs.

Understanding the factors contributing to these accidents is crucial for devising effective strategies to mitigate them and ensure safer roads for all.

Addressing the factors contributing to road accidents in Ghana requires a concerted effort from government authorities, law enforcement agencies, civil society organisations, and the private sector.

Improving road infrastructure, enforcing traffic laws, raising awareness among road users, and promoting safer driving practices are essential steps toward reducing the number of accidents and ensuring safer roads for all Ghanaians.

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Pulse.com.gh delves into the factors contributing to road accidents in the country.

One of the primary factors contributing to road accidents in Ghana is the state of its road infrastructure.

Many roads across the country are poorly constructed and maintained, lacking proper signage, lighting, and safety features.

Potholes, uneven surfaces, and inadequate road markings pose significant risks to drivers, especially during adverse weather conditions.

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The behavior of drivers plays a significant role in road safety.

Reckless driving practices such as speeding, overtaking inappropriately, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are rampant on Ghana's roads.

Additionally, many drivers fail to adhere to traffic laws and regulations, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

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The condition of vehicles on Ghana's roads is another contributing factor to accidents.

Many vehicles are poorly maintained, with faulty brakes, worn tires, and inadequate lighting.

Overloading of vehicles with passengers or goods is also common, further compromising safety on the roads.

Pedestrians often share the roads with vehicles in Ghana, especially in urban areas.

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However, the lack of designated pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, and pedestrian education contributes to accidents involving pedestrians.

Many pedestrians, particularly children and the elderly, are vulnerable to accidents due to the lack of safe infrastructure.

Overloading of vehicles with passengers or goods, as well as over speeding, are prevalent practices on Ghana's roads.

These behaviors increase the risk of accidents, particularly on highways where high speeds and heavy traffic volumes are common.

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Inconsistent enforcement of traffic laws and regulations by authorities is a significant challenge in Ghana.

Many drivers operate vehicles with impunity, knowing that they are unlikely to face consequences for their actions.

This lack of enforcement perpetuates a culture of disregard for road safety, further contributing to accidents.

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A lack of awareness among road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists, exacerbates the problem of road accidents in Ghana.

Many people are unaware of basic road safety rules and practices, putting themselves and others at risk on the roads.

Adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, fog, and dust storms can reduce visibility and road grip, increasing the likelihood of accidents if drivers do not adjust their driving behavior accordingly.

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