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Analysing traffic accidents: insights from Ireland’s roads

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Recently, traffic accidents in ireland have created a pressing issues with far-reaching consequences for both individuals and communities alike. As vehicles traverse the country’s roads, the presence of accidents looms, leading to a mass of reprecussions that extend beyond mere vehicular damages. These incidents exact a heavy toll on the fabric of society, causing emotional distress, physical harm, and financial strain. Moreover, the ripple effects of traffic accidents echo throughout Irish communities, affecting not only those directly involved by also their families, friends and wider social networks. In this article, we aim to delve into the multifaceted impact of traffic accidents on Ireland’s communities, shedding light on the various dimensions of this persuasive challenge.

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When discussing the rise in traffic accidents across Ireland, it is crucial to understand and analyse the trends that are behind the majority of accidents on Irish roads. According to a recent report done by Road Safety Association (RSA), the fatal collisions on Irish roads have risen in 2023 compared to previous years, where the report outlines that one major drive behind the rise in road accidents was the low number of drivers and passengers wearing a seatbelt which was 50% of the accidents on the road. On the other hand, another key trend involved in the accident trends was that drivers were the most common factor driving the rise in accidents on Irish roads ranging to 38% of deaths related to drivers on Irish roads.

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Dublin, Cork, and Galway are considered to be the main cities in Ireland and therefore the accident rates would be regarded as high. As shown in the graph below based on reports carried out by the RSA, Dublin’s accident rates have ranged at 15 for the year 2023 compared to 2022 which were 14 accidents. In the case of Galway, the graph below highlighted that the county has seen a drastic increase in accidents as 2022 recorded 6 accidents whereas 2023 recorded 13 accidents across the county. And finally, in terms of Cork, the graph outlines that there was a slight increase in accidents, where 2022 recorded 13 accidents and 2023 had witnessed 15 accidents.

Bar chart (Edited on Canva)

Overall, over the last few years, it’s quite clear that the accident rates across Ireland have been on the rise in several locations across the Island and the RSA has been working towards ending the accident rates through the publication of reports to spread awareness to road users while also working closely with the Garda to ensure road safety is maintained across Ireland.

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