Traffic accidents continue to be one of the main causes of death in the country. In the eastern region alone, 749 people have lost their lives for this reason, according to data provided by the General Directorate for Traffic Safety and Land Transport (Digesett).
In the East, mortality from accidents has a greater impact in the province of La Altagracia, where 45% of the 749 deaths in the last three years are reported.
So far this year, this demarcation registered 111 deaths, last year 86 and in 2019 a total of 140 were counted.
In this sense, the head of the Dominican Association of Rehabilitation (ADR), of this province, León Díaz, assured that this institution has received 240 patients with fractures due to traffic accidents this year.
He indicated that this figure represents 75% of all patients who reach the ADR, while indicating that the most common injuries are fractures of the femur, arms, calcaneus, ankles, knees and complex fractures of several limbs.
“When we talk about several limbs, we mean that a person can fracture both arms and legs, in addition to the hips or spines,” he explained.
He specified that these patients receive rehabilitation between six to eight months, depending on the complexity of the injuries, as well as the time they take to recover. He also said that the ages of the patients are between 18 and 30 years old.
The other provinces
Meanwhile, the deaths reported by traffic accident in San Pedro de Macorís in the last three years represent 24% of the deaths to that cause in the East.
In 2021, deaths totaled 64, in 2020 49 were reported and in 2019, the deceased totaled 64.
In La Romana 122 people died from traffic accidents, 16% of the registered cases.
Between January and November of this year, 45 deaths were reported, in 2020 there were 41, and in 2019, 36 deaths were recorded.
While in El Seibo 8% of deaths from traffic accidents in the last three years were reported.
This year, traffic accidents in this area have claimed the lives of 21 people, for 2020 there were 17, while for 2019, there were 24 deaths.
Regarding the situation in El Seibo, the person in charge of the Dominican Rehabilitation Association of that province, María Berroa, assured that 70% of the patients who attend therapy do so due to traffic accidents.
He said the vast majority of these patients present with patella and knee and lower body problems. “The cases that are most often seen here are traffic accidents, we could say that around 70% of the people who come for therapy,” he said.
He specified that this year has been very crowded and that during the day they serve up to four people with injuries from traffic accidents.
On the other hand, in Hato Mayor 6% of the deaths were reported in those three years. In 2021 there were 14 deaths, in 2020 and in 2019 18 people died each year.
Accidents by means of transport
Regarding the type of transportation by which the accident occurred, the Digesett reported that 22% of the deaths were recorded on motorcycles with 169.
In 2020, 132 were reported, and in 2019, 178 were reported.
While the second most affected group is pedestrians, during 2021 with 34, in 2020 there were 26 reported and in 2019, there were 38.
Deaths by cars and other means of transportation reported the lowest figures during the three years.
Accidents by age
During the last three years, young people between the ages of 16 and 20 were the most impacted by traffic accidents, as 37 lost their lives, followed by those aged 21 to 25, with 30.
Digesett reported that since this year it has implemented different measures in road safety, on highways, highways and highways with the highest traffic flow, such as the implementation of the new service on the aforementioned roads.
In addition, said service has marked a trend in reducing them, as a result of the policies implemented by the competent authorities.