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2020 witnessed 18.4% drop in road accidents: Report

  • Number of deaths lower by 12.84% compared to 2019

New Delhi: Road accidents parameters registered a significant decline in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a report prepared by the road transport ministry. The total number of accidents decreased on an average by 18.46 per cent, the number of persons killed decreased by 12.84 per cent and the number of injures decreased by 22.84 per cent over previous year’s average.

Gujarat ranks among states with fewer road accident fatalities in 2020, along with Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. Major states that achieved significant reduction in road accident in 2020 are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

During the year, states and Union Territories reported 3,66,138 road accidents in which 1,31,714 lives were lost and 3,48,279 were injured.

As per report ‘Road accidents in India — 2020’, prepared by Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the number of road accidents has been on decline since 2016 except for a marginal increase of 0.46 per cent in 2018. For the second consecutive year, the total number of road accidents fatalities has declined in 2020. Similarly, the number of persons injured has been on the decline since 2015.

For the third consecutive year in 2020, the fatal road accident victims largely constitute young people in the productive age groups. Young adults in the age group of 18-45 years accounted for 69 per cent of victims during 2020. People in the working age group of 18-60 years share 87.4 per cent of total road accident fatalities.

As per report, there has also been a decline in the number of fatal accidents, i.e., accident involving at least one death. As many as 1,20,806 fatal accidents were reported in 2020, which is 12.23 per cent lower than the 2019 figure of 1, 37,689. Interestingly, during 2020, National Highways, State Highways and Other Roads reported less number of accidents, fatalities and injuries as compared to previous year.



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