Road accidents decreased by 4.1% during 2016
MUMBAI: traffic accidents in the country have dropped by about 4.1% in 2016, the year has registered 4 80 652 accidents against 5.01.423 in 2015. However, fatal accidents have increased by around 3, 2% over the same period. Nearly 1,50,785 people died in road accidents in 2016, compared to 1,46,133 in 2015. According to road accidents in India in 2016, a data collection on various facets of road accidents provided by road services of all states / UT for the 2016 calendar year. EU Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the accident figures for the first half of 2017 show a 3% reduction in road accidents between January and July 2017 and a 4.75% reduction in fatal accidents.
While traffic accidents increased from 2.43.870 between January and July 2016 to 2.36.458 during the same period in 2017, deaths increased from 79,354 between January and July 2016 to 75,583 during the same period in 2017, according to the report. Traffic accidents decreased in 25 states and in Union territories in the first half of 2017. Only states like Assam, Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh experienced an increase in fatal accidents between 2 and 8% of that period. By 2016, 13 states accounted for 86 percent of all traffic accidents in the country, according to the report. They are Tamil Nadu, MP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, UP, AP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Haryana.
Similarly, 13 states accounted for 84 per cent of the total number of road fatalities in 2016. The UP, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, MP, AP, Gujarat, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana and Bihar. The report shows that two-wheeled vehicles accounted for the largest proportion of total traffic accidents (33.8%), followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6%), trucks, tractors and other vehicles (21.0%), buses (7.8%), autopsies (6.5%) and other motor vehicles (2.8%). The proportion of two-wheeled vehicles in total traffic accidents increased from 28.8% in 2015 to 33.8% in 2016, according to the report.
Road users of two-wheeled vehicles are the most vulnerable; or 34.8 percent of the total deaths in 2016. Other road users killed in road accidents include cars, taxis, vans and other light and medium vehicles – 17.9 percent percent; trucks – 11.2 percent; pedestrians – 10.5 percent; buses – 6.6 percent; auto rickshaw – 4.7 percent; and other motor vehicles – 10.6 percent. According to the information reported by the police, driver’s guilt is the most important factor responsible for traffic accidents (84 percent) on all roads in the country in 2016. The use of alcohol and drugs by drivers resulted in 14 894 traffic accidents (3.7%) and 6,131 deaths (5.1%). The act of talking on mobile phones while driving resulted in 4,976 traffic accidents, 2,138 fatalities and traffic accident injuries to 4,746 people in calendar year 2016. Overloaded vehicles caused 61 325 traffic accidents (12.8%) and 21 302 (14.1%) deaths in 2016 .