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Car accidents involving children in Singapore

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REPORTED CAR ACCIDENTS IN SINGAPORE THAT INVOLVED CHILDREN

Life in Singapore is comfortable and safe - we rarely hear of car accidents ever happening because it is a lot less dangerous driving on our roads than it is in numerous other countries. While all this is great, it's admittedly made us a bit complacent.

We operate under the myth of the perceived low risk of car accidents - thus undervaluing car seats. In stark contrast of this perceived low risk is the shocking fact that only 6% of children in Singapore are placed in proper child restraints. That leaves a staggering 94% of children travelling in arms, on laps and in some cases, completely unbuckled in the front seat. It often happens that the media doesn't cover traffic accidents that involve child occupants. This only perpetuates the idea that the risks are near nonexistent. Of course, this is far from the truth.

The archive below is of the few car accidents over the years that were reported to have involved children in Singapore.

November 2019

Boy, 9, hurt in Choa Chu Kang accident

A boy, 9, was injured yesterday in an accident involving a lorry and a van at the junction of Choa Chu Kang North 5 and Choa Chu Kang Way.

https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/boy-9-hurt-choa-chu-kang-accident

October 2019

2 children among 6 people injured in PIE chain collision

Two children were among those taken to the hospital following a chain collision on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Saturday afternoon (Oct 5).

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/6-people-including-2-children-taken-to-hospital-after-chain-collision-on-pie?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1570270247 

Link to video:

https://youtu.be/v79u1r-hn84

August 2019

A car driver and his five-year-old passenger were taken to hospital after a four-vehicle accident along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Saturday (Aug 24).

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/2-taken-to-hospital-after-4-vehicle-accident-along-pie

Link to video:

https://www.facebook.com/SGRVigilante/videos/vb.1631826980245346/719391758507508/?type=2&theater

April 2019

Baby killed, parents severely injured in Johor car accident

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/baby-killed-parents-severely-injured-in-johor-car-accident-11442716

A 10-month old baby was killed. She was in a baby seat in the front seat of the car.

December 2018

Car left stuck in a drain after accident at Lorong Chuan junction, six people injured

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/car-left-stuck-in-a-drain-after-accident-at-lorong-chuan-junction-six-people

A 7-month old was injured in this collision, but it was not reported if they were restrained in a car seat.

November 2018

Van and car overturn on TPE after collision; 3 injured, including one-year-old baby

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/van-and-car-overturn-on-tpe-after-collision-3-injured-including-one-year-old-baby

Two vehicles were overturned in this accident, causing injuries to a one-year old child.

October 2018

19-year-old foodpanda rider and 7-year-old girl among 4 taken to hospital after Woodlands accident

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/19-year-old-foodpanda-rider-and-7-year-old-girl-among-4-taken-to-hospital-after-woodlands

A 7-year-old child was a passenger in a van that was involved in an accident with a motorcycle and a van.

June 2018

Parents killed, two young children hurt in Johor car crash

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parents-killed-two-young-children-hurt-in-johor-car-crash

http://www.ibtimes.sg/couple-dies-after-husband-crashes-car-johor-two-children-suv-driver-passengers-injured-after-accident-26500

This car accident didn't happen in Singapore, but involved a Singaporean family that were on their way back into the country. Two young children were hurt. Their parents were taken to a hospital, but they succumbed to their injuries.

March 2018

Four, including child, hurt in Mandai crash on Good Friday

https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/four-including-child-hurt-mandai-crash-good-friday

This article reported of a child being transported to a hospital after being involved in a car crash. The child's is unknown.

February 2018

Child taken to hospital after accident along Compassvale Drive

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/child-taken-to-hospital-after-accident-along-compassvale-drive-9997900

A 7-year-old child was injured in an accident involving a taxi and a car. It is not known if the child was using a car seat or any other kind of child travel restraint.

June 2016

Mother of two killed in early morning crash

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/mother-of-two-killed-in-early-morning-crash

This horrific accident resulted in the death of a 33-year-old mother. Her husband and two children were badly injured; one of her sons were believed to be sent in to the intensive care unit. It was not clear if the child occupants were using proper child restraints or whether the adults were wearing their seatbelts.

October 2014

Driver loses appeal against jail for crash that killed baby

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/driver-loses-appeal-against-jail-for-crash-that-killed-baby?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&link_time=1463217218#xtor=CS1-10

The driver lost his appeal against jail time.

Man jailed for car crash that caused baby's death

http://www.asiaone.com/singapore/man-jailed-car-crash-caused-babys-death

This unfortunate accident resulted in the death of a 2½-month old baby boy when two cars collided with each other.

September 2014

His baby dies after he crashes car

https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/his-baby-dies-after-he-crashes-car

A 1½-year-old girl was unfortunately killed in a tragic accident. The little girl was reported to have been held in her mother's arms in the passenger seat. She was not using a proper child restraint during the collision.

REPORTED CAR ACCIDENTS IN SINGAPORE

We believe that in all the traffic collisions that happen on Singapore's streets, there is a percentage of car accidents that were reported, a smaller percentage of car accidents that involved child injuries or deaths, and then a smaller percentage of those accidents which reports mention these children at all. The Venn diagram below explains how little we know about car accidents in Singapore that involve children.

CAR ACCIDENTS IN SINGAPORE

The archive below is of the many car accidents over the years that were reported in Singapore, with no mention of the children that might have been involved.

December 2018

Taxi driver injured after accident involving 2 cabs in Taman Jurong

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/taxi-driver-injured-after-accident-with-another-cab-in-taman-jurong

A 55-year old taxi driver suffered injuries to his ankle after he was involved in an accident with another taxi driver.

Accident involving six cars on PIE leaves four injured

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/accident-involving-six-cars-on-pie-leaves-four-injured

A chain collision involving six cars on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) injured four people.

Teenager arrested for drink-driving

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/teenager-arrested-for-drink-driving

Police arrested a 17-year-old for drink-driving after he lost control of his car. 

November 2018

Two women injured after cars collide in Yishun accident

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/two-women-injured-after-two-cars-collide-in-yishun-accident

Police were alerted to an accident involving two cars where two people were injured.

Man, 20, arrested for drink driving after car flips onto side in Bras Basah Road accident

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/man-20-arrested-for-drink-driving-after-car-flips-onto-side-in-bras-basah

A 20-year-old was arrested for drink driving after his car flipped onto its side in an accident on Bras Basah Road.

Two drivers taken to hospital after Woodlands accident involving private ambulance

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/two-drivers-taken-to-hospital-after-accident-involving-private-ambulance

The drivers of a private ambulance and a Mercedes car were taken to hospital after an accident.

October 2018

Two chain collisions on TPE just metres apart

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/two-chain-collisions-on-tpe-just-metres-apart

Two chain collisions involving a total of eight cars occurred metres apart on the Tampines Expressway (TPE), resulting in a build-up of traffic.

August 2013

The driver of an MPV that crashed into another on the road shoulder in an early-morning National Day accident on the Central Expressway has been arrested

https://www.sgcarmart.com/news/article.php?AID=8572

Two women and one man passed away in this terrible accident, caused by negligence while driving. A driver had crashed right into the victim's broken down car that was parked on the road shoulder, taking the lives of three.

REPORTED CAR ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG THAT INVOLVED CHILDREN

April 2019

A Hong Kong driver was jailed for running over a mother as she waited at a bus stop with her two-year old.  

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3008352/driver-jailed-15-months-hong-kong-after-knocking-over

This incident took place in 2018 but the sentence was passed in 2019. The woman lost both legs as she protected her child. The girl came away with PTSD.

REPORTED CAR ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG

May 2019

A taxi crashed into a crossing. Ten people were injured.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3011909/five-hurt-hong-kong-island-taxi-crash

Police believe that the accident could have been caused by a faulty break. The driver insisted that he has lost control of the vehicle despite his best efforts to subdue it.

A HK$3.1 million dollar Bentley ventured into the opposite lane and caused a collision between two vehicles. The accident happened in a tunnel. 

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/transport/article/3010481/hk3-million-bentley-causes-multi-car-collision-hong-kongs

The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Eleven people were injured in the accident.

An elderly passenger was killed as the car he was in mounted the pavement and collided into a bus stop. 

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3011875/elderly-passenger-dies-after-car-loses-control-mounts

The driver of the car had lost control of the vehicle. Two other passengers in other cars and four pedestrians were injured in the incident. 

December 2018

An unmanned bus rolled down a street in Hong Kong and killed four people. 

https://amp.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/transport/article/2177227/nine-people-injured-school-bus-mounts-pavement-hong-kong

CCTV footage showed the driver getting out of the vehicle before it started rolling downhill. He tried to stop it but failed to do so. Police investigate whether the handbrake was properly applied or a mechanical fault occurred.

All articles linked are from reputable news sites, but this archive is pending completion and should not be used as a single point of reference - it currently exists for explanatory purposes only.