The report said that the number of fatal road accidents in 2020 was 12.23% less than the figures of 2019. The number of people who lost their lives in road accidents in 2019 was 1,37,689. According to the report, the total number of road accidents in the states and union territories in the 2020 calendar year stood at 3,66,138, in which 1,31,714 people lost their lives and 3,48,279 were injured.
People in the age group of 18-45 were more victims
According to the report, the maximum number of people in the age group of 18-45 who died in these road accidents. Nearly 70 percent of people in this age group lost their lives in road accidents in 2020. At the same time, the report also said that 87.4 percent of the people in the age group of 18-60 who died were working.
The report also said that the highest number of vehicle categories involved in road accidents were two-wheelers. Whereas light vehicles like cars, jeeps and taxis are in second place together. The share of two-wheeler riders in total deaths was the highest (43.5%) during 2020. 17.8 percent of the people killed in road accidents were pedestrians.
Accidents caused by these reasons
Overspeeding was cited as the main cause of accidents in the 2020 Road Accidents Report. Over speeding resulted in 69.3% of accidents, while driving on the wrong side of the road accounted for 5.6% of accidents.
In terms of road type, 65% of accidents occurred on straight roads, while 15.2% were due to winding roads, potholes and illegal construction on roads. The report said that 72% of road accidents and 67% of fatalities occurred in clear weather.
Tamil Nadu had the highest number of road accidents in 2020, but Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of people who lost their lives in accidents. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala were among the major states with significant reduction in road accident deaths.
India is one of the countries with the highest number of deaths in road accidents. According to a report of the Ministry of Transport, about 4.50 lakh road accidents occur every year in the country, in which 1.50 lakh people die. This figure is the highest in any other country in the world. Road accidents have been cited as the main reason for disability in India.
According to an estimate, 53 road accidents take place in the country every hour and one person dies in a road accident every four minutes. Most of the road accidents in India occur on National Highways (NHs). According to statistics, most of the deaths in road accidents are of two wheeler drivers.