In a week that saw the release of data showing a fifteen per cent increase in fatal accidents on Spanish roads during July and August, two men were left fighting for their lives after separate incidents in Benidorm
The first accident over last weekend occurred at km 149, on the N332 trunk road from Benidorm to Altea.
A car driven by a sixty-four-year-old local man was involved in a head-on collision with a truck, that left him trapped in his vehicle for thirty minutes whilst firefighters used cutting equipment to release him.
The victim was transferred to the Marina Baixa Hospital in Villajoyosa, where he remains in a critical condition, whilst the driver of the truck was unharmed.
In a further incident last Sunday morning a man was run over by a van on the dual carriageway, Calle Alfonso Puchades, a busy ring road in the centre of the resort.
The victim, who received head wounds from the collision, was taken to the same hospital where he remains, receiving treatment for a suspected brain injury.
Announcing the grim road death statistics, which covered the two peak summer months of July and August, head of the DGT National road agency, Pere Navarro said,
“The data is not good this summer, but there are no surprises after three years of continuous increases, caused by speeding motorists.”
“A total of 259 people have died on Spanish roads in 236 fatal accidents during July and August 2018, 34 more dead than in the same period of 2017, representing an increase of 15%” explained the road chief.
Of the 259 people who died, 198 lost their lives on conventional roads, representing 76% of the total number of deaths, while the majority were road exits (37%), followed by frontal collisions (29%) and lateral and front-lateral collisions (15%).
Vulnerable users accounted for 34% of the deaths (66 dead of the 259). Of these, the majority were motorcyclists (52), followed by pedestrians (23) and cyclists (8).
During the months of July and August, there were 88.5 million long-distance journeys by road, with an average of 2.8 million daily movements, representing an increase of 1% compared to those that were registered last summer (87.7 million.
This figure could help to explain the increase in deaths this year, following two years where they decreased, pointed out Navarro.