Road Accidents kill 400/day, 1/4th Of Them In UP & Tamil Nadu

By jyoti July 9, 2019 12:43

Road accidents in India killed between 1.46 lakh and 1.5 lakh people every year between 2015 and 2017, data tabled by the government in Parliament show. This works out to a daily average of 400 or more deaths in each of the three years.

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  • The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways presented the data in reply to a question about the number of accidents on national highways and expressways. It said it analyses data for all roads, including national highways and expressways.
  • Significantly, the number of persons killed in road accidents during 2017 has been less than that of 2016 by 1.9 percent. 

Accidents on-road categories

  • In terms of road accidents categories, the National Highways accounted for 30.4 percent of total road accidents and 36.0 percent of deaths in 2017. 
  • Accidents on State Highways and other roads constitute 25 percent and 44.6 percent respectively. 
  • In the case of a fatality, State Highways and other roads have accounted for 26.9 percent and 37.1 percent, respectively.

Among vehicle categories

  • Two-wheelers accounted for the highest share (33.9%) in total accidents and fatalities (29.8%) in 2017. 
  • Light vehicles comprising cars, jeeps, and taxis as a category comes a distant second with a share of 24.5 percent in total accidents and 21.1 percent in total fatalities.

Road User Categories

  • In terms of road-user categories, the share of two-wheeler riders in a total fatality has been highest (33%) in 2017. Pedestrian road-users comprise 13.8 percent of persons killed during 2017.

State-wise Data

  • The ministry also presented state-wise data. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of deaths in the road in each of the three years, followed by Tamil Nadu.
    • Together, these two states accounted for nearly one-fourth of all such deaths in the country in 2016 and 2017.

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By jyoti July 9, 2019 12:43