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Influencing Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Road Accidents: A Study on Nuwara – Eliya District

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In the global context, about 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people, aged 15–29 years. 90% of the world's fatalities on the roads occur in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2017). In Sri Lanka, the accidents are increasing rapidly. According to the report of transport and civil aviation, 2801 deaths, 2590 fatal accidents, 13,095 minor accidents, and 7719 critical accident have occurred in Sri Lanka in 2015. The trend of the accidents has been increasing due to many factors. Physical features of the roads and road sides, behaviour of drivers and pedestrian are mainly influencing the occurrence of accidents. Central province has many accidents-prone areas due to its spatial and temporal patters. Increasing accident occurrences have been registered in the central province. Landform and climatic factors such as fog, snow and rainfall trigger the accidents’ potentials. Therefore, this is study has been conducted under the title of “Spatial and temporal patterns of road accidents and their challenges: a study on Nuwara-Eliya District”. Physical features mainly partake to cause the accidents in the study area. There is no any previous research about this problem in the study area due to the fact that, this study gets significance. Many factors identified using the primary and secondary data, collected to conduct this study. Collected data were analysed and many remedial recommendation have been suggested to overcome the challenges, caused by the road accidents in the study area in compressive manner.
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