Uttar Pradesh continues to be at the top in road accident fatalities
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Vehicles moving on the wrong side of roads have killed 24 people every day on an average in 2018 across the country, while accidents due to collisions with parked vehicles resulted in 4,780 deaths.
Vehicles moving on the wrong side of roads have killed 24 people every day on an average in 2018 across the country, while accidents due to collisions with parked vehicles resulted in 4,780 deaths.

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh remains at the top of the list of states with the most number of deaths due to road accidents in 2018, reveals the Road Accident Report published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).

A total of 22,256 fatalities have been reported in the state last year, up 10.6 per cent compared to 2017, when it registered 20,124 deaths due to road accidents.

Top 5 states with most number of road accident fatalities in 2018:

State Number of road accident fatalities
Uttar Pradesh 22,256
Maharashtra 13,261
Tamil Nadu 12,216
Karnataka 10,990
Madhya Pradesh 10,706

In 2017 as well, the state was at the top of the list of most road accident-related fatalities. The northern state accounts for 14.7 per cent of total accidental deaths in the country, claims the MoRTH report.

A total of 42,568 number of road accidents were reported in the state last year, while in Tamil Nadu the number was 63,920.

However, the number of deaths due to the accidents were 12,216 in the Southern state.

According to the WHO's Global Report on Road Safety 2018, India accounts for around 11 per cent of the accident-related deaths in the world, killing almost 1.5 lakh people every year.
According to the WHO’s Global Report on Road Safety 2018, India accounts for around 11 per cent of the accident-related deaths in the world, killing almost 1.5 lakh people every year.

In 2018, a total of 4,67,044 road accidents have been reported by states and Union Territories (UT), which claimed 1,51,417 lives and caused injury to 4,69,418 people.

Across India, the share of males in the fatalities due to road accidents was 86 per cent while the share of females was around 14 per cent in 2018.

This depicts a grave picture globally, as India is at the top position when it comes to road accident-related deaths across 199 countries, revealed by the World Road Statistics in 2018. The country is followed by China and the US.

According to the World Health Organisation’s Global Report on Road Safety 2018, India accounts for around 11 per cent of the accident-related deaths in the world, killing almost 1.5 lakh people every year.

As revealed by the MoRTH report, major reasons behind the fatal road accidents include hit and run, wrong-side driving, collisions with parked vehicles, bad road conditions, speeding, not wearing helmets etc.

As the report further claims, speeding was one of the primary reasons for fatalities due to road accidents with 64.4 per cent share, while wrong-side driving caused 5.8 per cent deaths.

Vehicles moving on the wrong side of roads have killed 24 people every day on an average in 2018 across the country, while accidents due to collisions with parked vehicles resulted in 4,780 deaths.

Two-wheelers accounted for 35.2 per cent share in total accidents and 31.4 per cent in total fatalities in 2018. Light passenger vehicles comprising cars, UVs and taxis accounted for 24.3 per cent share in total accidents and 20,3 per cent in total fatalities.

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