These days, you might be hard pressed to think about the danger when it comes to driving in the Philippines, mostly because the traffic in Metro Manila has gotten to the point where main roads are blocked even in the wee hours of the night.
There are still certain roads out there that require extra care when being navigated. Some of these roads are notorious for having high incidences of casualties, or incidences of vehicular collision. These roads can be considered some of the most accident prone roads in the Philippines, requiring care and caution when navigating through them.
This road sees a high volume of vehicles on a daily basis, given that it’s one of the access roads that lead out of Quezon City, cutting through Novaliches, parts of Bulacan, and the North Luzon Expressway Interchange.
As of 2016, it is estimated that Quirino Highway is upwards of 2,000, according to the MMDA.
As an access road out of Las Piñas and to the southern areas of the country, and because of its proximity to Metro Manila, it gets clogged up by people heading to and from the metro. Recent years have also brought about the need to make improvements so it is an additional cause for traffic.
While incidences of accidents on this road are less, that doesn’t mean they don’t happen. With clogged roads, tailgating can be the cause of minor fender benders, and high odds of someone giving in to their road rage.
This road leads to the more northern parts of Quezon City, often jokingly called The Wall in reference to Game of Thrones by some, owing to its tendency to be remote. Given the length of this road, there are incidences of collisions that happen when people tend to speed through it.
While lower incidences of collisions have happened throughout the year, the ones that have happened involved fatalities, proving that Commonwealth still requires a certain amount of caution to travel through, instead of a lead foot.
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As the longest and most-traveled thoroughfare in the Metro, the concentration of cars increases the odds that a collision can happen. Fun fact: the number of accidents on this road reached such a high that MMDA officials had it blessed in 2012, following an incident of a bus crash on the EDSA-Ortigas overpass.
More vehicles go through these roads every day. It isn’t just cars, but the number of buses, trucks, and motorcycles that attempt to weave through traffic. The summer heat often sees the sharper increases as more people are prone to road rage in warm weather.
Halsema highway is the only link between Baguio and the most remote areas of the Cordilleras. A long and winding road, it’s also known as the highest altitude highway in the country. As beautiful as it is, it was also widely considered to be the deadliest road in the country prior to being paved in 2011.
In spite of that, there’s still a chance of landslides and treacherous terrain when traveling along this road.
Incidences on the road cannot be always predicted, especially given the behavioral pattern of people on the road. You hear about them in the news all the time, and the MMDA is doing what it can to help mitigate these incidences. They’ve also got paramedics stationed at most major roads in case of an accident.
Still, it pays to drive as carefully as you can, and to pay attention to what you’re doing on the road.