At least 426 people were killed and 793 others injured in 441 road accidents across the country in August.
Of them, 171 motorcycle accidents resulted in 168 deaths and 149 injuries. Dhaka Division had the highest number of road accidents in August in which 126 people were killed in 125 accidents.
It showed that 635 vehicles were identified in road accidents in August. It was found that 28.34 percent motorcycles, 22.20 percent trucks-pickup-covered vans and lorries, 15.11 percent buses, 17 percent battery-powered rickshaws and easy bikes, 5.98 percent CNG-powered auto-rickshaws, 4.56 percent Nachiman-Karimon-Mahindra-Tractor and Laguna and 6.77 percent Car-Jeep-Microbus fell in road accidents.
Of the total accidents, 61.45 percent occurred due to vehicle overtaking, 21.99 percent due to head-on collisions, 12.92 percent due loss of control, 2.72 percent for miscellaneous causes and 0.90 percent for train-vehicle collisions.
Analysis of accident patterns shows that 38.54 percent of the total accidents occurred on national highways, 21.08 percent on regional highways and 31.06 percent on feeder roads in August.
According to the Jatri Kallyan Samity observations, the significant causes of road accidents in the month of August include free movement of motorcycles and easy bikes on the roads and highways of the country, massive increase in motorcycles, battery-powered rickshaws and three-wheelers, no road sign or road marking on the road-highway, no lights on the road, highway construction defects, vehicle defects, tendency to disobey traffic laws, driving the vehicle in the opposite direction, peddling on the road, transporting passengers in cargo vehicles, incompetent driver, unfit vehicle, reckless driving, negligence of the person in charge at the railway crossing, sudden movement of vehicles from feeder roads and regional roads.