66 motorcycle accidents recorded daily in Metro Manila

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2016 10:05 PM | Updated as of Mar 09 2016 11:31 PM

The number of fatalities in motorcycle-related accidents has been increasing and is the highest for the past five years, according to a motorcycle safety group.

In Metro Manila alone, the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA) has recorded an average of 66 accidents daily, with almost half of the total number of accident victims losing their lives. 

In 2015 alone, 37 percent of the accidents ended up fatal, higher than the 35 percent recorded in 2014. This is the highest in the past five years, MDPPA said.

The total number of motorcycle-related accidents, however, slightly decreased from 24,110 in 2014 to 23,949 last year. 

The group sourced its data from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) Metro Manila Accident Recording and Analysis System Database. 

MDPPA vice-chairman Magnus Mateo said it is alarming that motorcycle accidents have become more deadly despite fewer accidents recorded last year. 

"Although nababawasan ang accident, iyung remaining accidents grabe naman," Mateo said. 

He mentioned factors that lead to the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. 

One involves some motorcycle riders' lack of skills. "Natuto lang kasi magmotor mayabang na sa kalsada pero wala namang skill," he said. 

Mateo offered helpful advice for riders. He said motorcycle riders must at all times wear the proper gear -- helmet, reflectorized vest, and pads.

He also said that motorcycles drivers should also have the mindset of a defensive driver. "Always expect na hindi ka napapansin ng mga motorista. Always expect na may tatawid diyan sa harap mo. Iyan ang defensive driving." 

"Sometimes wrong positioning eh, dapat dun ka palagi sa left side ng sasakyan para nakikita ka. Dapat mag-headlight ha, bumusina ka para mapansin ka," Mateo added. 

He said many motorcycle accidents are due to inability of drivers of four-wheeled vehicles to see the position of motorcycles. 

Mateo also said motorcycles are designed only for two people. 

Overloading a motorcycle will compromise its balance that might cause accidents during sudden turns. 

"Example, merong mabigat na nakatali sa likod. Iba na magiging handling noon sa harap," he said. 

Mateo also has advice regarding back riders, especially children. "We do not recommend ang mga bata na sasakay sa motor na hindi abot ang tapakan, o kaya yung hindi kayang humawak o yumakap ng buo doon sa rider. Dapat nakakatapak siya sa footrest." 

His group also urged riders to properly maintain their motorcycles by bringing them to authorized dealers and mechanics and avoid using fake parts. 

Mateo also warned against modifying motorcycles.