Tamil Nadu topped the list of accidents in 2019 though it showed a reduction of 10.5 per cent over the previous years, according to the latest report of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka are the states that come after Tamil Nadu with the maximum number of road accidents. When 57,228 accidents were reported in Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh recorded 50,669 road accidents, Uttar Pradesh 42,572, Kerala 41,111 and Karnataka recorded 40,658 road accidents.
Tamil Nadu also showed maximum reduction in accidents followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra and Gujarat, the report said.
Apart from the five states, the other states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal, Bihar also topped the list of road accidents. All these 15 top states were responsible for 89 per cent of the total accident related deaths in the country.
In deaths, Uttar Pradesh was on top of the table with 22,655 deaths. Maharashtra with 12,788 deaths comes second in terms of deaths. Madhya Pradesh that recorded 11,249 deaths comes next, followed by Karnataka 10,958 deaths, Rajasthan 10,563 and Tamil Nadu reported 10,525 deaths.
Apart from this, the report said that eight North East States accounted for nearly 2.4 percent of total road accidents.
The report also said that 50 million plus cities recorded 18.44 per cent of total number of accidents and 11.78 percent of deaths in 2019. Among the cities, Chennai was on top and Amritsar with only 74 deaths ranked the least. Delhi, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Jabalpur were next in line, the report points out.
In these 50 million cities, two wheelers caused the maximum deaths (36.2 percent). This was followed by Pedestrian car/jeep/van and LMV (15.6 per cent) and Lorry and Trucks (8.5 per cent).
The report also stated that over speeding was one of the main reasons for the increased death rates in these cities. They accounted for about 64.5 percent of the road accidents and 61.2 percent of deaths. Bengaluru with 4143 road accidents reported the highest number due to over speeding. Kolkata reported only 16 accidents, the least city due to over speeding. In terms of deaths due to over-speeding, Jaipur recorded the maximum of 1,131 deaths. Kolkata with 11 deaths was on the bottom of the table.
The report also shows that rural areas reported more accidents and deaths than rural regions. When 32.9 percent were killed in urban region, the percentage of deaths in rural region was 67.1.