Accidents don't "just happen." That is safety 101. Wearing protective equipment, making sure all safety precautions are taken, following the rules, these are the ways accidents are prevented before they happen. But if you routinely buck the rules and ignore common sense then you are only one thread away from death or grave injury.
Road safety in the Philippines is non-existent. No one follows the rules. And no one enforces them either. There are no police patrolling the streets looking for speeders, drunk drivers, cars without headlights, or anyone else driving unsafely. In the Philippines when you get on the road you put your life in your own hands. Be sure to buckle up.
Jeepnies are some of the worst offenders when it comes to ignoring safety practices. They overload the jeepny and then they allow people to stand outside hanging on for miles and miles as if it's no big deal. It is a big deal. It shows a complete disregard for the safety and life of the passengers. It's an accident just waiting to happen.
And it's 100% totally preventable.