Heavy Duty Trucks: Cause of Frequent Road Accidents in Cameroon?

Trucks have continued to be the major cause of road accidents in  Cameroon. According to observations over the past years, 7 in every 10 accidents in Cameroon is caused by trucks and other heavy duty vehicles

In very advanced economies, rules are made that permit trucks to ply the highway only at night and in some cases there are separate tracks for trucks. This however  isn’t the case in Cameroon

Trucks continue to ply on city roads in Cameroon during the day. Commuters suffer the most, especially during peak hours in the morning and evening. many at time people are late for work or school because they are stuck behind slow-moving cargo trucks. The zigzag movements and sharp turns of these trucks are extremely dangerous.

Citizens have also point out to the bad state of the roads as a cause of most road accidents in Cameroon. Roads in Cameroon are too narrow and dangerous. Cameroon high ways or express roads ought to be double carriage lane roads with mid section separations to prevent collision of opposite vehicles. In most roads in Cameroon, Pedestrians, bikes, cars and trucks drive on a single lane.

Angain, many have blamed the frequent road accidents in Cameroon on reckless driving. Most truck drivers in cameroon don`t respect high way code. Clando drivers want to “go now now and come now now”

“I only blame the drivers and not the roads,they know the nature of the roads but keep on adding their speed as if they are running a race ,it is better to reach late than never,these trucks pass like a fly when you stand along the road side…” (Chin Ani)

“Most drivers are drugs addict especially those truck drivers and bikes riders…” ( Techo Blandin)

“Drivers drive as if they own the road. All these deaths on daily basis are due to human error. Either someone hasn’t fixed the road well or someone is not using it well” (Yeyena costy)

Many have equally levied the cause of frequent road accidents in cameroon on old and won out trucks imported into the country.

“Even the condition of the cars on our road are terrible. We import trucks that are more than 50years old” (Rema Emil)

Something must be done to check the problem of road accident in cameroon. It is therefore a collective effort and duty of citizens, drivers, the government and traffic police to fight this canckerworm that has eaten our society for decades now

Shey Julius Nkuh

A Conflict Resolution graduate currently persuing Master's Degree in the University of Buea, Cameroon. Believes in the role of the media as an educational, informational and entertainment tool . He is also passionate about creating awareness to societal crisis. For this reason, has dedicated most of his time to charity. He derives pleasure in blogging and creating contents for you.

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