Road accidents: Most are not supposed to happen
First, some astounding facts.
The frequency of road accidents in India is 1 in every 60 seconds. These mishaps take a life every 4 minutes or so, and approximately more than 350 people die due to such accidents on a daily basis all over India. Delhi and Chennai top the list for cities with the highest number of road-accident deaths, followed closely by Jaipur, Bengaluru and Mumbai. A very sad fact is that over 20 children (under the age of 14) die every day due to road accidents. Over 50 per cent of the accident victims are aged between 25 and 65, and about 30 per cent are in the age group of 15 to 24.
A report published by National Crime Records Bureau states that India tops the list of countries with the worst road-traffic accident rates. According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, released by World Health Organization, the major causes of road accidents are speeding, drunken driving, jumping traffic signals, not using helmets and seatbelts, and overtaking on the wrong side. Because human error is mostly at play here, road crashes are arguably the leading cause of preventable deaths in the country.