Metro Manila accident statistics show you’re all driving too close to each other

Ever heard of personal space?
by Drei Laurel | Feb 25, 2020
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So, last year’s Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMARAS) numbers are in. What have we learned so far? That the Philippine capital is not a safe place for motorcycles, that early morning drives are risky business, and that our roads are as unsafe as they’ve ever been.

Now, data from the annual report shows that Manileños drive too damn close to one another, too.

According to the 2019 MMARAS report, the two most common types of collisions in Metro Manila last year were sideswipes with 9,299 incidents and rear-ends with 4,712 incidents. Angle impacts were a distant third on the list with 2,523 incidents, and a total of 7,328 incidents last year did not have a stated collision type.

Hitting a parked vehicle (277 incidents), hitting an object (199 incidents), and head-on collisions were the least common accident types in 2019. Check out the full statistics below:

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Collision Type Damage to Property Fatal Non-Fatal Injury Total
Sideswipe 5,623 26 3,650 9,299
Rear-end 3,160 26 1,526 4,712
Angle impact 1,197 9 1,317 2,523
Hit pedestrian 0 19 2,127 2,146
Multiple collision 803 15 698 1,516
Self-accident 345 41 1,046 1,432
Hit and run 874 5 506 1,385
Head-on 174 5 283 462
Hit parked vehicle 244 1 32 277
Hit object 103 18 78 199
No collision stated 3,844 56 3,428 7,328

Is anyone really surprised, though? We’ve all seen it on EDSA, C5, or some other busy, jam-packed Metro Manila road: One minute a driver is slowly slogging through rush hour traffic, the next he or she has been rear-ended by someone busy fiddling about with their smartphone, someone bad with the throttle, or someone just plain distracted.

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You can check out the 2019 MMARAS report in its entirety here. Do you keep your fellow drivers’ personal space in mind when you’re behind the wheel, too?

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