Some 8,589 people of different communities and professions were killed and 17,524 others were injured in 5,928 incidents of road accidents in the country in 2014.
The statistics was disclosed at a press conference of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (Passenger Welfare Association) organised in Dhaka on Thursday. BPWA General Secretary Mojammel Haque Chowdhury presented the report of the organisation and answered media at the press conference.
Mojammel said the report was prepared monitoring and scrutinizing the reports on road accidents of the national dailies, online news portals, television channels and five local newspapers between January 1 and December 31 of 2014.
Out of the 17,523 injured passengers, a total of 1,623 persons had lost their limbs forever. Most of the victims' families came down to the poverty level as they were the only earning member of the family, he said.
Of the deceased, 1,256 were students, 156 teachers, 68 journalists, 63 physicians, 90 lawyers, 63 engineers, 215 law enforcing agency personnel (Police, RAB, BGB and Ansar members), 991 political activists, 142 civil servants, 2,222 women and 1,469 children.
Meanwhile, 1,266 buses, 1,413 trucks and covered vans, 1,781 human haulers, 390 private cars, jeeps, and microbuses, 1,231 auto-rickshaws, 1,468 motorcycles and 1,173 battery-run auto-rickshaws fallen victim to accidents, he added.
He also said 53 percent of the accidents took place on highways, 26 percent in cities and 21 percent on village roads. 60 percent of the passers-by died in cities due to illegal occupying of footpaths, lack of bus-bay.
The report identified occupying footpaths illegally, overtaking, rash driving, driving with helpers, faulty construction of roads and bridges, faulty vehicles, violation of traffic rules and carelessness of passers-by as the reasons of accident.