Traffic accidents that have taken place over the last 10 years have caused TL 10 billion in financial losses, according to a report by the Turkish Drivers' and Automobile Federation (TŞOF).
TŞOF chairman Fevzi Apaydın noted that 1,463 people died and more than 116,000 individuals were injured in traffic accidents in the past 6 months. These accidents also amounted to financial losses totaling TL 623 million. Accidents over the past 10 years have caused TL 10 billion in material losses.
“If we had [instead] invested the amount of money we have lost in traffic accidents over the past 10 years, we could have built 900 schools; 8,166 dormitories; 327 hospitals; and 500 kilometers of road,” noted Apaydın.
The chairman added: “With the start of the summer season, more traffic accidents occur because traffic is heavier in the three months of summer than at other times. Besides, drivers lose their attention more quickly due to the excessive heat. If we also take into account that we generally want to reach our destinations faster, we can understand the reasons for the increase in the number of accidents, especially in summer,” ended Apaydın.
Meanwhile, Sunday traffic accidents in Turkey resulted in the deaths of five people and left seven others injured.
A minibus and a municipal bus collided with each other in the Anatolian province of Kayseri. One person on the minibus died at the scene of the accident and four who were on the municipal bus were injured.
A truck veered into a field in the southern province of Adana after the driver lost control of the vehicle. One passenger died and two others were injured.
The driver of a motorcycle was killed when he hit a lamppost in Sakarya. The accident occurred when the driver veered to the right to avoid hitting an oncoming tractor lost control.
The driver of another truck was injured in Bolu when his vehicle flipped while en route to İstanbul. The injured driver was treated at the scene.
Two people were killed when a luxury car rolled over a span of 15 meters into the garden of an apartment building in İstanbul on Sunday.
The car, which had been speeding, swerved out of control and rolled into the garden of an apartment building in İstanbul's Ataşehir district. Residents of the apartment rushed to the scene and called an ambulance and the police.
Firefighters were also called to the scene to rescue the two people trapped in the car, but the victims had already died of their injuries.
Police have launched an investigation into the accident.