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Old 8th December 2018, 10:07   #16
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Default Re: Killer Indian roads claim the lives of 56 pedestrians every day

Two, 3-wheeler riders worst hit

Two and three-wheeler riders accounted for 40% of all traffic deaths in India in 2016, according to WHO’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, which puts the total traffic deaths at 1.5 lakh that year.

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The actual number of deaths, however, could be higher as per the report, which estimates that there were 2.99 lakh traffic fatalities. This means an estimated 22.6 people per 100,000 population died of traffic accidents in India in 2016.

“The highest number of casualties are reported among people on two and three wheelers, and let me add pedestrians because they do not have a protective exterior exposing them to more injuries. Also, the kind of speed and traffic mix in India means that cars with higher speed limits drive on the same road with two-wheelers with the lower speed limit, making them more accident prone,” said Dr Rakhi Dandona who heads the Global Burden of Disease –Road Injuries group for the State-level Disease Burden initiative.
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