Death on the highway: What the numbers say

Written by Apurva | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2015 11:02 am


Every hour in 2014, 16 people died in 56 accidents in India, according to a ‘Road Accident Report’ by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

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Type of accident: Hit-and-run accidents went up by 7.6% since 2013 — from 49,576 to 53,334. The number of people killed in such accidents went up

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Killer cities: 

# 50 cities accounted for 22.7 per cent of road accidents, 11.9 per cent of people killed and 16.8 per cent of total people injured.

# Mumbai had the highest number of accidents (22,570) while Delhi had the

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Bad roads: Of accidents (11,106) and 2.2 fatalities were due to potholes on the road

# 2.3 per cent of accidents (11,008) and 2.6 per cent deaths (3,633) were due to speed breakers

# Most accidents (2,13,322 or 76.4 per cent) happened at unregulated spots — without signals, traffic police or signs

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Driver at Fault:

# 55 per cent of accidents (2,08,271 out of 3,78,992) and 56.2 per cent of deaths (57,844 of 1,02,878) were caused by speeding drivers

# 5 per cent of accidents and 6.8

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Bad time to be on the road: 

# 17.3 per cent accidents, the highest, were recorded between 3 pm and 6 pm and 17 per cent were between 6 pm and 9 pm.

# May (45,404 or 9.2 per cent), followed by March (42,524 or 8.6 per cent), recorded the highest number of road accidents. Experts attribute this to increased tourism and summer vacations


Vehicle of death: 
Two-wheelers accounted for the highest share in road accidents (27.3 per cent), followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (22.7 per cent); trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (19.7 per cent), other motor vehicles (9 per cent), buses (8.4 per cent) and auto-rickshaws (6.4 per cent)

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