Indian roads were at their deadliest in 2014 claiming more than 16 lives every hour on average. Over 1.41 lakh people died in crashes, 3% more than the number of fatalities in 2013.
The numbers of crashes and of people left injured were also the highest levels since the recording of such data started in India—at 4.5 lakh and 4.8 lakh respectively, reports Times of India.
According to the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), speeding and dangerous driving were the biggest reasons for road fatalities. Accidents involving two-wheelers and trucks & lorries accounted for nearly half of the lives lost in road crashes.
While 13,787 two-wheeler drivers were killed in crashes, 23,529 other people were killed in accidents involving these vehicles, while close to 1.4 lakh people were left injured in them.
Over-speeding accounted for about 1.7 lakh crashes and nearly 49,000 deaths and dangerous/careless driving or overtaking claimed another 42,000-plus lives in 1.4 lakh crashes.
The top five states – Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Rajasthan – accounted for over 40% of the fatalities. UP topped the list with 16,284 deaths, but Tamil Nadu with over 15,000 lives lost was much worse given its relatively smaller size.
Among 53 mega cities, Delhi registered the highest number of fatalities at 2,199 and Chennai recorded 1,046 such deaths. Bhopal and Jaipur ranked third and fourth with the city roads claiming 1,015 and 844 lives respectively.