2014 Claims the Most Number of Lives on Indian Roads
In what comes across as sad news, 2014 recorded the most number of people losing their lives on Indian roads. More than 16 people lost their lives every hour on an average in 2014, with over 1.41 lakh people killed due to crashes. This figure has increased by 3 percent from 2013. Ever since such data started recording in India, last year saw the most number of crashes at 4.5 lakhs and most number of people injured at 4.8 lakhs respectively.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), speeding and dangerous driving were significant contributors for causing fatalities. All accidents which involved two-wheelers, Lorries and trucks were rated to account for almost half of the total number of people killed on our country’s roads.
Moving on to more figures, crashes killed 13,787 two-wheeler drivers and a further 23,529 people lost their lives as a result of accidents that included two-wheelers. Overall, almost 1.4 lakh fatalities also resulted from two-wheelers. Dangerous driving/overtaking took the lives of over 42,000 people from about 1.4 lakh crashes, while over-speeding caused around 1.7 lakh cashes and 49,000 deaths in India.
More than 40 percent of the total fatalities occurred in states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The state of Uttar Pradesh took the most number of lives 16,284, but Tamil Nadu is by far the worst considering the relatively smaller state killed more than 15,000 people.
The maximum number of fatalities – 2199 were recorded in Delhi with Chennai recording 1046 such deaths, when talking about the 53 mega cities of India. Bhopal and Jaipur took the third and fourth spot with 1015 and 844 casualties respectively. The highest number of deaths on expressways was seen in Telangana which took up 279 of the total 1802 deaths (this alone accounts for 15.5 percent of all lives lost last year). Further, Haryana contributed 13.4 percent, UP contributed 12.9 percent, Rajasthan contributed 12.3 percent, while West Bengal contributed 11.4 percent of people killed on expressways.