Pedestrians and all type of bikers are in most danger. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries caused an estimated 1.24 million deaths worldwide in 2010. Half of all road traffic deaths are among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and adults aged between 15 and 44 years account for 59% of deaths. 3 out of 4 deaths are among men, 92% occurred in low and middle income countries, with South-East Asia and Africa having the highest rates.
Our dear friend Jaeyeon Lee was last Monday in a car accident, a truck drove into her from behind, pushed her of the road and the car finally landed in a rice field. Since then she’s in the hospital, subjected to many tests. Thanks to good fortune and a safe car (now totally wrecked), she survived but she has severe pain in all her joints and neck and she is of cause shook up. Her convalence time is uncertain.
Sung Nam Hospital entrance.
Jaeyeon's new "apartment"
But she keeps on smiling and being strong! Get well soon! Your SM
I'm not so very happy!!!
That accidents happen we’re all aware off but that the high-tech and well developed country of South Korea is still as high as it is, is not acceptable. I think it mainly depends on the bad driving attitude, overtaking left and right, waving massively on the highway in order to gain a couple of meters in the long queues, taxi drivers watching TV while driving …….. and so forth!
Korea ranked third out of the 34 OECD countries in terms of the frequency of car accidents.
By Yun Suh-young
The rate of traffic accidents among the elderly was especially high; five times the OECD average and higher for children’s accidents which ranked number one among the OECD countries.__________________________________________________
Seoul – A truck driver killed three cyclists while watching television!
A truck driver who killed three South Korean professional cyclists in a road accident has admitted he was watching a television mounted on his dashboard at the time, police said.
The police found the TV switched on when they and other rescuers arrived at the scene of the accident and the 66-year old trucker has been detained on suspicion of dangerous driving.
“Although the law bans drivers from watching television while driving, there isn’t any specific penalty when caught, so we can’t do anything about it,” a police spokesman told AFP. Offenders can however be charged with another road traffic offence if they cause an accident while watching the screen.
Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) TVs are not unusual in vehicles in tech-savvy South Korea. They are programmed to cut out when the vehicle is in motion but can be configured to stay on.
Some taxi drivers in Seoul install the televisions and glance at them while driving, apparently unhindered by the police.
A total of 5.505 people were killed in 226.878 car accidents in South Korea in 2010!