Road Traffic Accidents in Uganda in view of Taxi Drivers Masaka District
Masteroppgave, 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this study was to explore how psychosocial lived experiences of taxi drivers explain accident involvement in Uganda. Face to face in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with six male taxi drivers who survived accidents while driving and still served as taxi drivers. The sample was identified with purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Ethical considerations were observed during data collection through transcription, analysis to the final compilation. Interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) was employed to each participant’s discernment of the specific and general accounts of accident narratives in a bid to make "sense" of their lived worlds as drivers and accident involvement. Three superordinate themes illuminating accidents emerged out of the data: typical routines of taxi drivers; the socio-cultural context; and the taxi drivers’ community. These were discussed based on relevant theories and previous studies as well as pertinent concepts. Considering the study results, typical routines of taxi drivers, driver community factors and social/cultural factors affect each other, these together leave driver-accident involvement inevitable. Categorically such factors include; age, formal education, driving training, driver health status, domestic concerns, significant others, competitive driving / worse-worse, other road users, Impulsive pick and drop-off of passengers, theft, driver stress, state of the road, state of the vehicle among others. Thus behavioural and cognitive remedies are herein suggested towards ameliorative and/or transformative processes of the accident endemic.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 113 p.
Uganda; taxi drivers; psychosocial factors; road traffic accidents, IPA
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-25303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ntnu-25303DiVA: diva2:734081
Knizek, Birthe LoaJohannesen, Berit Overå, Førsteamanuensis