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Road accidents claimed 405 lives per day in 2017

According to a media report, 4,64,910 road accidents were reported in the country in 2017, which claimed the lives of 1,47,913 individuals and injured 4,70,975. This amounts to 1,274 accidents and 405 deaths per day or 16 deaths per hour. 

Out of the total number of road accidents reported in 2017, 34% involved 2-wheelers while cars, jeeps and taxis amounted to 25%, and trucks, tempos and tractors amounted to 20%. Bus and pedestrian accidents amounted to 7% each, while 6% involved auto-rickshaws.

The number of 2-wheeler riders killed in road accidents in 2017 was 44,092. 37,505 people were killed in accidents involving trucks tempos and tractors and 31,183 died in accidents involving cars, jeeps and taxis. The number of people killed in auto-rickshaw and bus accidents was 6,762 and 10,651 respectively.

According to government figures, road accidents have actually dropped by 3.3% compared to 2016, while the number of injured has reduced by 4.8%. The number of fatalities has also gone down by 1.9%.

Moreover, 30.4% of the total road accidents took place on national highways, amounting to 36% of deaths. 25% of the accidents were recorded on state highways and 44.6% on other roads. Accidents on state highways and other roads resulted in the 26.9% and 37.1% of deaths respectively.

The highest number of road accidents were recorded in Tamil Nadu, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. 3,27,448 accidents can be attributed to over speeding, which killed 98,613 people and injured 3,43,083.

Source: Autocar India

 
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