Road accidents and casualties caused by them are rising unabated. In 2015, accidents on roads killed 400 people a day, the highest ever, compared with 382 in 2014 and 390 in 2011.
Last year also witnessed the highest number of accidents on the roads, at 5,01,423 or 1,374 a day, according to the data compiled and released by the ministry of road transport and highways.
The ministry’s report blamed irresponsible driving for most (77%) accidents, but transport and highways minister Nitin Gadakri said “faulty engineering” was a key reason too. He said strict measures were being taken to reduce accidents, adding that his ministry was aiming to halve such incidents.
With 69,059 accidents, Tamil Nadu witnessed the largest number of road accidents in 2015 and including it, 12 states reported 86.7% of the accidents in the year.
Maharashtra witnessed the second highest accidents at 63,805 followed by Madhya Pradesh (54,947), Karnataka (44,011), Kerala (39,014), Uttar Pradesh (32,385), Andhra Pradesh (24,258), Rajasthan (24,072), Gujarat (23,183), Telangana (21,252), Chhattisgarh (14,446), West Bengal (13,208) and Haryana (11,174).
However, the maximum number of accident-related deaths occurred in UP at 17,666 followed by Tamil Nadu at 15,642 and 13,212 in Maharshtra, the report revealed.
“Two-wheelers accounted for the highest share in total road accidents and next to them was the group of cars, jeeps and taxis. Share of two-wheelers in total road accidents has increased continuously from 26.3% in 2013 to 27.3% in 2014 and 28.8% in 2015,” the report said.