Car accidents involving children in Singapore
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.
Man arrested for suspected drug offences, dangerous driving after accident injures 5 others including 2 year old
A 34-year-old man was arrested for dangerous driving and suspected drug-related offences after an accident in Bedok North Road involving three cars and a lorry on Tuesday night (May 26).
A two-year-old girl was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital, while four others, three male drivers aged 31, 55 and 69, as well as a woman passenger, 31, were conscious when they were taken to Changi General Hospital.
2 kids and 2 women taken to hospital after two-car accident in Woodlands
Four people, including two children aged seven and ten, were taken to hospital after an accident involving two cars in Woodlands on Friday afternoon (Apr 10).
5-year-old girl & grandma die after fatal accident at Tampines
A five-year-old girl and an elderly woman died after an accident in Tampines on March 22.
Five people including 9-year-old girl injured in Lornie Road accident
A 9-year-old girl was among five people injured in an accident along Lornie Highway on Saturday (Mar 7).
Six, including three children, taken to hospital after accident near Hougang 1 mall. Three children, aged eight to 10, were taken conscious to the National University Hospital along with two others, said the Singapore Police Force. The driver of one of the vehicles, a 26-year-old man, was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
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.
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).
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).
Baby killed, parents severely injured in Johor car accident
A 10-month old baby was killed. She was in a baby seat in the front seat of the car. Find out more.
Car left stuck in a drain after accident at Lorong Chuan junction, six people injured
A 7-month old was injured in this collision, but it was not reported if they were restrained in a car seat. Read to find out.
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. Read here.
A 7-year-old child was a passenger in a van that was involved in an accident with a motorcycle and a van. Find out more.
4 adults and 3 kids taken to hospital after four-car chain collision along Sheares Avenue
Seven people, including three children, were taken to hospital after a chain collision involving four cars occurred along Sheares Avenue on Saturday night (June 2).
Read more here.
Parents killed, two young children hurt in Johor car crash
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. Find out more.
Four, including child, hurt in Mandai crash on Good Friday
This article reported of a child being transported to a hospital after being involved in a car crash. The child's age is unknown. Find out more.
Child taken to hospital after accident along Compassvale Drive
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.
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. Read for more info.
Driver loses appeal against jail for crash that killed baby
The driver lost his appeal against jail time. Read for details.
Man jailed for car crash that caused baby's death
This unfortunate accident resulted in the death of a 2½-month old baby boy when two cars collided with each other. Find out more.
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. Read for details.
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.
Taxi driver injured after accident involving 2 cabs in Taman Jurong
Accident involving six cars on PIE leaves four injured
A chain collision involving six cars on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) injured four people. Read the article.
Teenager arrested for drink-driving
Police arrested a 17-year-old for drink-driving after he lost control of his car. Read for more details.
Two women injured after cars collide in Yishun accident
Police were alerted to an accident involving two cars where two people were injured. Find out more.
Man, 20, arrested for drink driving after car flips onto side in Bras Basah Road accident
A 20-year-old was arrested for drink driving after his car flipped onto its side in an accident on Bras Basah Road. Read here.
Two drivers taken to hospital after Woodlands accident involving private ambulance
The drivers of a private ambulance and a Mercedes car were taken to hospital after an accident. Read the article.
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. Read here.
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
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. Read here.
REPORTED CAR ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG THAT INVOLVED CHILDREN
A Hong Kong driver was jailed for running over a mother as she waited at a bus stop with her two-year old.
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. Read here.
REPORTED CAR ACCIDENTS IN HONG KONG
A taxi crashed into a crossing. Ten people were injured.
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. Read here.
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.
The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Eleven people were injured in the accident. Read the article here.
An elderly passenger was killed as the car he was in mounted the pavement and collided into a bus stop.
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. Find out more.
An unmanned bus rolled down a street in Hong Kong and killed four people.
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. Read here.
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.