Data collection for the assessment of socio-economic costs of road crashes in Cameroon

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The assessment of road crash costs in Cameroon requires a variety of data, which will partly be collected by conducting a casualty survey and stakeholder interviews (Wijnen, 2018). The casualty survey concentrates on collecting information that is not (fully) available from other existing database, in particular :

  • severity of crashes and injuries
  • medical treatment of injuries
  • involvement of emergency services (ambulance, police, gendarmerie, fire service)
  • consequences of injuries for carrying out daily activities
  • vehicle damage and insurance.

The survey includes interviews with relatives of fatalities to collect information on fatal crashes and funeral costs.

In addition, stakeholder interviews will be held with the police, gendarmerie, fire service, medical institutions, insurance companies and/or the Insurance Association, transport companies and judicial organizations, aimed at collecting information needed to calculate specific cost items.

This note discusses these data collection activities in more detail, including draft questionnaires. The data will be collected by students of the School of Public Works, in collaboration with road safety stakeholders and the World Bank project team.

The data do not only serve as an input for the road crash cost assessment, but also as a basis for answering their research questions (see ‘Note Evaluation of Social Costs of Road Traffic Crashes in Cameroon : Research topics for MSc Students in the School of Public Works-Yaoundé Cameroon).

The questionnaires included in this note concentrate on the data needed for the cost calculations. The students are encouraged to add questions aimed at answering their particular research questions.

Casualty survey

Interviews with 120-240 casualties will be conducted. This includes a minimum of 12 interviews with relatives of fatalities. Preferably the interviews will be carried out face-to-face, although telephone interviews may be held if face-to-face is not feasible for practical reasons (e.g. travel time) or to increase the sample size with relatively limited time spending.

Contact details of casualties and relatives are to be obtained from the road casualties’ focal point. If the road casualty is not available or not able to answer questions (e.g. children), the questions may be answered by a household member. Preferably, the interviews are conducted in different regions and in both urban and rural areas.

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