Road accidents kill over 400 people every day in India in 2016

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/7 8:29:04

India witnessed over 400 deaths in road accidents every day in 2016, one of the highest in the world, according to an official report released Wednesday by India's federal ministry of road transport and highways.

The report compiled by the ministry's transport research wing said 150,785 people were killed in 480,652 road accidents across India in 2016.

According to the report, on an average 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour last year.

Of the dead, 46.3 percent were in the 18-35 age group.

Compared to it in 2015, across the country 146,133 deaths were reported in 501,423 road accidents.

Though the number of road accidents have declined, however, the fatalities have made an increase.

Uttar Pradesh state recorded the highest number of road accident deaths in 2016 at 19,320, followed by Tamil Nadu at 17,218 and Maharashtra at 12,935.

The report indicates Indian roads continue to be one of the deadliest in the world.

"We are working to reduce fatalities not only on national highways but also on state highways and district roads as well," Indian transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.

According to the report, over-speeding and talking on mobile phone while driving were two of the main factors that caused the maximum number of road accident and deaths.

Two-wheelers accounted for the highest share (33.8 percent) in the total number of road accidents followed by cars, jeeps, and taxis which constitute 23.6 percent, said the report.

Deadly road accidents are common in India often caused due to overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

Global Road Safety Report 2015 released by WHO last year, however, said India accounts for more than 200,000 deaths annually due to road accidents.

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