1,794 Visit Hospital Due To Collisions In 2019

January 16, 2020 | 7 Comments

1,794 people visited King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s [KEMH] Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre due to road traffic accidents in 2019, according to the latest statistics from the Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB].

According to BHB, “Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for the period 01 January – 31 December 2019 show the following:

  • The Emergency Department [including Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre] saw 1,794 road traffic accident cases [137 were tourists]
  • 23 people were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit as a result of road traffic accidents
  • 140 people were admitted to general wards in the hospital due to road traffic accidents
  • 16 minors [under the age of 18] were admitted to the hospital due to road traffic accidents, one of those was admitted to ICU
  • 4 people were discharged to overseas medical facilities due to road traffic accidents

The BHB 2019 Road Traffic Accident Statistics follow below [PDF here]:

2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics January - December

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  1. David says:

    So about 5 people *each day*… about 1 person in every 30 on the island each year… TO THE ER. That’s insane.

    Until speed/due care checks are implemented like sobriety checks, I don’t see this number decreasing meaningfully in the near future :(

    • sage says:

      Speed checks are done regularly, without pre-warning, by hiding in the bushes, attend any court day and count how many people are prosecuted for speeding compared to drunk driving, huge disparity. Due care is a charge thrown around too often for things like third laning, which can actually be done safely, one court session collected $16,000 in a half hour for one third lane/due care “blitz” according to media reports and the fine is 80% of a DUI fine. Stop molly-coddling drunks and stop suppressing/ omitting stats for DUI and emphasizing they don’t want to arrest DUI offenders but deter the behavior, which is obvious by the numbers reported and fines on the low end of the scale for double and triple the legal limit which should be 0.0.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Although we’ll never see it maybe these figures should state how many of these people ended up in the ER due to their own stupidity or were victims of the recklessness of others .
        On average something like 60% of road fatalities are caused by impaired driving and that’s an average of 12-20 crashes per year where there are fatalities involved.
        So what is going on with these 1500+ other ‘accidents’
        And please don’t sing your usual tune that I’m defending drunk drivers because you’re angry that herb isn’t legal yet .
        I’ll keep repeating it , there’s no way in hell that all the mayhem on the roads are caused by drunk drivers. People are just out of control on the roads 24 hours a day and they need to be reigned in , soon.

  2. John Lee says:

    How do these stats compare year over year? are we seeing more hospital visits from accidents or less? Are checkpoints having an impact on the number of hospital visits?

  3. bluenose says:

    I was just looking for data for 2018 and noted the following:
    - reported on 15-Nov-18: 01-Jan-18 to 31-Oct-18 – 1,489 treated
    - reported on 21-Dec-18: 01-Jan-18 to 30-Nov-18 – 2,617 treated
    Either the statistics are a little untrustworthy or 1,128 people were treated in the month of November 2018 alone!?
    Just an observation.

  4. PANGAEA says:

    PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN THE CURE.

    Bermuda will continue to accept responsibiloty for supporting many unfortunate circimstances .

    Continually sweeping our problems under the rug solves nothing.

    “It is often said. ” Its not my job ” but , it is your responsibility!

    There will be more road accidents; drunk drivers; people with medical issues; children with falling grades; rising cost of living; assaults on persons; hate; discrimination; global warming ; the national debt; road rage; computer scams; economic down turn; and profiteering; just to name a few.

    Virtually nothing is being done to prevent any of this growing list of this countries problems.

    We have just had one young person road fatality in the first two weeks of the year, not good! that unfortunate situation did not need to happens all the others.

    The apparent band aid policy that exists here will eventually be our ultimate down fall.

    Can’t blame it all on the TV .

    Some people are not doing their jobs or not able to carry out their responsibilities.

    We need to take responsibility for our misgivings and our own selfish actions.

    We can not expect the court system or the police to solve all of our problems fines a jail tine at westgate university .

    The young cannot learn from the young.

    Why ! because no body cares .

    ” A man who chases two rabbits catches neither”.

  5. Cpt says:

    We need roadside drug sobriety tests as done elsewhere. In Canada, they use the Draeger Drug Test 5000 which tests saliva for THC

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