On Traffic Accident Hotspots: EDSA and C-5

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Ever wonder where and what types of vehicles are involved in road accidents along Manila’s major thoroughfares? The MMDA twitter account can shed some light on that. Vehicular accidents reported by the MMDA along EDSA and C-5 are parsed to reveal the most dangerous intersections and flyovers, as well as expose buses and trucks as major accident culprits.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca
09-29-2013

Ever wonder where and what types of vehicles are involved in road accidents along Manila’s major thoroughfares? The MMDA twitter account can shed some light on that. Vehicular accidents reported by the MMDA along EDSA and C-5 are parsed to reveal the most dangerous intersections and flyovers, as well as expose buses and trucks as major accident culprits.

MMDA: 3 Years of Accident Tweets

Sometimes, it can be surprising how data can be extracted from unexpected places. Specific observations of traffic accidents in Manila are hard to come by, as they are commonly just lumped together in an aggregate. Using data from the MMDA’s twitter account, however, we can generate some pretty useful information on: (a) total number of vehicles involved in an accident in an area, (b) how likely that a car will encounter an accident in the area, and (c) which vehicle types are most commonly involved in accidents along the route. How this data was generated is in the last part of this post.

All of this data is presented in the infographics below. We take a look at vehicular accidents occurring along the two major thoroughfares in Metro Manila - Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA/C-4) and Circumferential Road 5 (C-5).

EDSA: Business or pleasure?

Ah, the venerable old EDSA; the historic avenue; the highway from hell. Whether you’re plying EDSA to go to work or to hang out with friends, it’s not going to be easy. The most accidents occur along the Makati/BGC area, and the runners-up run along malls such as Shangri-La, SM Megamall, and Forum Robinsons.