BUTTERWORTH: A total of RM315.96mil was paid out in compensation to commuting accident victims for five months this year, said Social Security Organisation (Socso) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed.
The payment was given out to victims involved in 15,713 road accidents, with 290 deaths recorded from January to May this year.
Of the total number of 72,631 accidental cases recorded last year, 48% or 35,195 cases were commuting accidents.
Dr Mohammed Azman said compensation payout for commuting accidents accounted for RM688.9mil out of the RM3.7bil last year.
Major factors included reckless motorcyclists, breaking speed limits and using mobile phones while riding or driving, he said.
“While Socso could compensate families through payouts, the psychological impact will have a lasting effect on the families, ” he added at the closing of the Road Safety Awareness Campaign organised by Socso, police and Flex Penang at its plant in Prai yesterday.
Dr Mohammed Azman also said 65% of the accidental deaths last year involved those aged 49 and below.
He added that 80% of them involved males, with statistics showing most of them as motorcyclists and pillion riders.