Road ac­ci­dents: Most are not sup­posed to hap­pen

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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.

Top Causes

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.

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