Road Accidents Decrease While Fatalities Increase in 2016

In the ‘Road Accidents in India-2016’ report which was released recently by the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari gives us some interesting details. Road accidents in the country have decreased by around 4.1% during   2016, with the year seeing 4,80,652 road accidents as against 5,01,423 in 2015.  However fatalities resulting from these accidents have risen by about 3.2% during the same period. Nearly 1,50,785 persons were killed in 2016 as against 1,46,133 in 2015.

Age Profile of Road Accident Victims for 2016

  • 18 – 35 years accounted for 46.3 per cent
  • 18-45 accounted for a share of 68.6%
  • 18-60 accounted for a share of 83.3 per cent

Some states like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Telangana have an alarming fatality record. 13 Almost 13 states accounted for 86 per cent of the total road accidents in the country.


Shri Gadkari also gave us some news to cheer for. He informed that the positive trend of 2016 is further bolstered by the accident figures for the first half of 2017, where there has been a 3 % reduction in road accidents between January to July 2017, along with a 4.75 % reduction in road accident fatalities. Only states like Assam, Bihar, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh have witnessed an increase in road accident fatalities between 2-8 % during this period.

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