The six-lane, 94-km Mumbai-Pune Expressway has seen 214 accidents between October 2012 and October 2013, which claimed 72 lives and left more than 140 people with serious injuries. The speed limit on the route is 80 kmph.
The Ghat section of the Expressway in the direction of Mumbai and the section after Kamshet have been identified as the most accident prone. In Pune direction, 113 accidents occurred while 101 occurred in the direction of Mumbai.
A technical committee of Pune-based JP Research group and Maharashtra State Traffic police conducted crash-site analysis on each accident to probe factors like human errors, vehicle failure and poor infrastructure to improve the driving experience and reduce calamities.
A distribution of contributing factors found that 57 per cent accidents were due to human factors. Driver falling asleep behind the wheel emerged as the main reason for fatalities and accidents.
Human errors continue to be the most important cause of accidents, with 74 per cent of these involving aspects like driver falling asleep/fatigue, speeding, improper lane change and driving. Trucks constituted 30 per cent of vehicles involved in accidents with at least one occupant who was killed, while 58 per cent of cars involved in accidents had at least one casualty.