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Ministry of Road Transport & Highways15-December, 2011 16:26 IST
Position of India in Road Accidents

              As per the latest issue of the “World Road Statistics” (WRS) 2010, brought out by the International Road Federation, (IRF) Geneva, United States of America had reported the maximum number of injury accidents at 16,30,000 in the world followed by Japan at 7,66,147 and India at 4,84,704 for the year 2008. The highest number of fatalities in road accidents in the world in 2008 was reported by India (1,19,860) followed by China (73,484) and United States of America (37,261).  

                  The analysis of road accident data received from States/UTs reveals that drivers’ fault is the single most important factor responsible for accidents (78%).  Some of the other factors responsible for road accidents are as under:

Fault of cyclist

1.2%

Fault of pedestrian

2.7%

Defect in road conditions

1.2%

Defect in condition of motor vehicle

1.7%

Weather condition

1%

All other causes*

14.2%

Includes fault of driver of other vehicles, fault of passengers, poor light condition, falling of boulders, neglect of civic bodies, stray animals, other causes & causes not known.

 

The Ministry has taken the following   steps to minimize road accidents in the country:

               i.     Road safety has been made an integral part of road design at the planning stage.

             ii.     Road Safety Audit of selected stretches of National Highways/Expressways.

           iii.     Establishment of driving training institutes.

           iv.     Tightening of safety standards of vehicles like helmets, seat belts, power-steering, rear view mirror.

             v.     Publicity campaigns on road safety awareness.

 

This information was given by the Minister of State of Road Transport and Highways, Dr. Tushar A. Chaudhary,   in  a written reply in  Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

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