Should the increase in traffic accidents be linked to the vaccine?

Blog post by Marica Micallef

On 6th August 2021, the Times of Malta reported that traffic accidents have increased by almost 60% in the second quarter of the year, with casualties increasing by 85% compared to 2020.[1] According to this media portal, this increase in traffic accidents potentially reflects the impact of the pandemic on transport. I dare ask, is it the reflection of the pandemic or the reflection of the vaccines? It is no coincidence that this rise occurred after the vaccine roll-out.

On 4th November 2021, the same media portal reported a breakdown of these accidents, re-confirming that traffic accidents were up by a quarter during summer.[2] TOM reported that:

“Traffic accidents increased by 26 percent in the third quarter of the year, compared with the same period last year, national statistics show.

There were 3,980 accidents between July and September, up from 3,167.”

The time bracket during which most road traffic accidents occurred, according to the NSO, “was between 12 pm and 3 pm with 897 cases or 23 percent of the total, followed by the 9 am-12 pm with 874 cases.” Hence, this does not point at the rush hour time bracket, meaning, that the huge traffic and chaos which the rush hour brings about, are not to blame.

In the meantime, last year and even this year, we have witnessed various traffic accidents, some fatal, with a few bringing to a halt a whole nation with huge traffic jams which took hours to clear.

On the 13th of September 2021, a male pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a car in St Joseph High Road at 12.15 am in Ħamrun by a Toyota Passo driven by an English man, aged 27.[3]

On 18th September 2021, the Independent reports that a man and woman were injured in a 10.30 pm traffic accident in Naxxar on Friday evening. The accident involved a 50-year-old man of Swieqi and a 19- year-old Italian.[4]

On 20th November 2021, we read that a 21-one-year-old man was certified dead on the spot, with the passenger seriously injured in a 1.30 am car crash in Luqa.[5]

On 23rd November 2021, The Independent reported that a woman was grievously injured in a traffic accident in Birzebbugia. The accident involved a 61-year-old woman who had a 3-year-old boy in the car and another 61-year-old man. Both adults were taken to the hospital. The boy luckily did not suffer any injuries.[6]

On 4th December 2021, the Times of Malta reported that two men were taken to hospital with grievous injuries following two separate car crashes in Naxxar and Floriana between Friday and Saturday.[7]

On 2nd January 2022, MaltaToday reports that an 80-year-old woman succumbed to the injuries procured after being hit by a car in Ħamrun on New Year’s Day driven by a 46-year-old and passed away at the hospital.[8]

On 17th January 2022, Newsbook reported that “A car was driven into a shop window of an appliance shop in St Joseph High Street in Ħamrun on Monday afternoon.”[9]

In February 2022, Malta witnessed the huge shocking Marsa traffic accident, when a 56-year-old truck driver lost control, hit the centre strip on Triq Aldo Moro, and turned over, colliding with a Nepalese motorcyclist who lost his life on the spot and hitting other two cars.[10]

On 26th February 2022, the Times of Malta reported that a 50-year old man from Balzan died on site after being hit by a car driven by a 34-year old woman from Valletta, in Mrieħel shortly before 9.30 a.m.[11]

On March 13th 2022 a car split in two after crashing into a tree on the Mrieħel bypass on Sunday morning, seriously injuring the 43-year-old driver. The accident happened on a wet road at about 11 am.[12] 

None of the above articles gives details as to whether it was negligence, over-speeding or any other reason which brought about these accidents. Can studies be undertaken to verify if such a rise in traffic accidents is linked to side-effects caused by the Covid-19 vaccine? Could it be that some drivers suddenly felt an adverse reaction from the vaccine while driving, injuring themselves and others in the process? Are we witnessing the phenomenon of v-accidents?

[1] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/traffic-accidents-increased-by-almost-60-in-second-quarter-of-year.891793

[2] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/traffic-accidents-up-by-a-quarter-in-summer.912540

[3] https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-13/local-news/Man-in-serious-condition-after-hit-by-car-in-Hamrun-6736236675

[4] https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-18/local-news/Two-injured-in-Naxxar-traffic-accident-6736236826

[5] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/man-dies-woman-seriously-hurt-in-luqa-car-crash.916203

[6] https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-11-23/local-news/Woman-grievously-injured-in-crash-6736238514

[7] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/crashes-in-naxxar-and-luqa-leave-drivers-with-grievous-injuries.919291

[8]https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/114137/woman_dies_after_being_hit_by_a_car_in_armun#.YjbgFerMJPY

[9] https://newsbook.com.mt/en/car-crashes-into-hamrun-shop-window/

[10] https://lovinmalta.com/news/man-dies-after-shocking-marsa-traffic-accident/

[11] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/man-killed-in-traffic-incident-in-mriehel.937245

[12] https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/car-splits-in-two-in-mriehel-bypass-crash.941049

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