C-5, Commonwealth Ave. ‘deadliest’ roads in 2019

The Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) and Commonwealth Avenue were the deadliest roads in Metro Manila in 2019, according to an annual report by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The agency’s Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMRAS) revealed that a total of 31 fatal road crashes  occurred on C-5, 23 on Commonwealth Avenue, 19 on EDSA, 13 on R-10, two on Marcos Highway while Roxas Boulevard and Quezon Avenue both recorded seven deaths. 

In 2018, C-5 and EDSA recorded the highest number of deaths. The report revealed 27 road deaths happened on C-5 while EDSA recorded 21 fatalities.

According to MMDA traffic czar Bong Nebrija, most motorists figured in an accident due to their behavior while large vehicles could have contributed to the fatal crashes on Roxas Boulevard and McArthur Highway.

Meanwhile, Quezon City had the highest number of fatal road crashes with 122, followed by Manila with 42 and Caloocan City with 31. The municipality of Pateros recorded zero fatalities in 173 road incidents.

According to the MMRAS, Quezon City (39,797), Manila (12,453) and Makati City (11,229) recorded the highest road crash incidents in Metro Manila because of its Central Business Districts, bigger land area, and the presence of major road networks such as EDSA, C-5 and Commonwealth Avenue while the municipality of Pateros (173), Navotas City (938) and Malabon City (1,152) had the lowest number of reported road crash due to its lower volume of road users, among others. 

The MMDA reported that a total of 394 people died on the road per 372 cases in 2019, a one-percent decline to 2018’s 394 deaths per 383 cases. 

There were, however, a total of 121,771 road crash incidents involving all types of vehicles in 2019, higher than 2018’s 116,096 and 110,025 in 2017.

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