India ranks first in global road fatalities, with 53 accidents and 19 deaths every hour. The number of road accidents and deaths increased in 2022, and overspeeding remains the leading cause. Learn about the alarming statistics and insights into road safety in India


India in the past decade has seen a rise in the number of people killed per 100 accidents. As reported by the Hindu, About 53 accidents and 19 deaths every hour, and an average of 1,264 accidents and deaths happened due to road crashes this past year. The number of road accidents increased by 11.9% and deaths by 9.4% in the year 2022.

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India’s road network has expanded which includes expressways, which often lead to a rise in fatalities due to road accidents. The extremity of road crashes is measured by the number of people killed per 100 accidents. This increased in 2012 reaching 28% and a decade later in 2022 it reached 36.5%. 

However, Due to the pandemic road crashes and deaths declined and the seriousness rose above 37%. 

Save Life Foundation has found out that as per a crash severity of 38.15. India is ranked among the 20 worst countries in the world for road fatalities. In other stats like the one published by the International Road Federation in Geneva which used data from 2020, China was next to India and the United States of America.

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The most frequent cause of traffic accidents was "overspeeding." It was responsible for 71.2% of fatalities and 72.3% of accidents.

With 13.4% of all road crash deaths, Uttar Pradesh had the highest percentage of deaths. Maharashtra at 9% and Tamil Nadu at 10.6% came next.

Age-specific data on traffic crashes reveals that 66.5% of the fatalities fell between the 18–45 age range. But in 2022, there were also 9,528 kid fatalities from traffic accidents, which translates to almost 26 deaths per day for the entire year.

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