Traffic Accidents in Nicaragua

February 13, 2014, 12:22 pm

Auto Accidents, Nicaragua Follows Trend

The World Health Organization estimates that automobile mishaps will become the new epidemic in poor and developing countries. They predict that by 2030, annual road accident deaths in these areas will be two million and will be at the level of HIV/Aids. In addition, the cost of this carnage is to 5% of GDP (well over double the percentage points of developed countries). In Nicaragua, there were almost 2,000 vehicle collisions reported in the first 33 days of 2014. In 2013 there were 27,000 traffic accidents and 577 people died, one in four were on motorcycles. This week, the National Assembly have been discussing changes to the Traffic Act which are expected to include larger fines for all traffic violations, in particular those driving with no third party liability insurance.

(SJDS News, February 13, 2014)

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