Whether you’re stuck on a busy road of Jalan Ampang or driving on rural areas in Pahang, chances are you are driving in one of the world’s most dangerous roads in Malaysia.
According to a research done by the University of Michigan, Malaysia is among the top 25 most dangerous countries for road users, with 30 fatalities per 100,000 individuals. That means, 6.0% of all deaths in this country are caused by road accident fatalities.
In fact, this country was rated 17th most dangerous roads for drivers worldwide. Meanwhile, Thailand was ranked the second most dangerous roads for drivers in the world, with 44 fatalities per 100,000 people.
In response to why Malaysia was ranked among the most dangerous, researcher Brandon Schoettle suggested that development may have a large role to play in it. “While I cannot speak specifically about Malaysia, we do know that as development increases for a nation, road fatalities often increase too,” he said while pointing to China and India as examples.
This is an alarming fact despite our authorities bragging about the decreased road accident deaths over the past few years and the safety standard of cars has improved dramatically.
Bad driving attitude, poor driver’s education and terrible road conditions are one of the factors that contributed towards our high accident rate.