Last year, according to figures from the National Police, 41,147 traffic accidents occurred in the country, which left 8,358 people dead and more than 49,000 injured. Also there was an increase in the number of road accidents (11,000) compared to the previous year, equivalent to 35 percent; and 6.8 percent in fatalities and 37 percent in injuries.
According to the Federation of Colombian Insurers (Fasecolda), at the end of 2022 there were close to one million victims of traffic accidents treated with Soat cargo, 17 percent more than in 2021. A motorcycle was involved in 87 percent of the cases.. Of the 8,358 people who died last year, 60 percent were riding a motorcycle.
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Based on these figures and crossing data from each city, Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, Fasecolda implemented road accident maps, a tool that allows transit authorities to locate road intersections where the highest number of accidents with injuries or deaths were concentrated during 2022, to analyze them by type of vehicle, gender, date, municipality and intersection.
«From the insurance sector we handed over to the National Government the ten intersections with the highest accident rate in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali so that they can be reviewed and intervened and serve as an input for the development of public policies that will save lives,» explained Carlos Varela, vice president of phasecolda.
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This tool, adds Varela, «is intended to complement the analyzes of the Mobility secretariats and helps prioritize intersections that need solutions to problems on the road or, for example, improvements in traffic lights or signage.»
towards the future, Fasecolda will periodically deliver to the authorities, a report on the evolution of the indicators at these intersections to find out if there have been improvements in terms of safety; and the risk maps will also be extended to cities such as Bucaramanga, Barranquilla and Cartagena.
According to preliminary figures from the Health Care Reporting Information System for victims of traffic accidents (Siras), during 2022 in Bogotá there were 152,480 victims of traffic accidents, of which 33 percent were women; 66 percent men and 1 percent did not identify themselves. The victims of accidents treated with cargo to the Soat were distributed by type of vehicle as follows: motorcycles, 84 percent; family cars, campers and trucks, 9 percent; public service, 6 percent, and freight or mixed, 1 percent. With this information, 78 percent of the victims were georeferenced.
Based on preliminary information from Siras, 110,919 victims of traffic accidents were registered in this system, 34 percent women and 66 percent men. The victims of accidents attended with cargo to the Soat were distributed as follows: motorcycles, 91 percent; family cars, campers and trucks, 6 percent; public service, 2.7 percent, and freight or mixed, 0.3 percent. With these data, it is necessary to georeference 68.3 percent of the victims.
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In the capital of Antioquia, on the Siras, last year there were 57,884 victims of traffic accidents, of which 35 percent were women and 65 percent men. The victims of accidents treated with cargo to the Soat were distributed by type of vehicle as follows: motorcycles, 90 percent; family cars, campers and trucks, 5 percent; public service, 4 percent, and freight or mixed, 1 percent. With these data, 70 percent of the victims were georeferenced.
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