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Over 1.51 lakh died in road accidents last year; UP tops among states

NEW DELHI: The number of persons killed in road crashes in India touched all time high in 2018 registering over 1.51 lakh fatalities, an increase of nearly 3,500 more people losing their lives as compared to 2017, with UP recording maximum road fatalities, followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, according to the latest Road Accident Report.
The road transport ministry uploaded the accident data of 2018 on Friday. As per the report, while the the number of accidents increased by less than half a percent in 2018 the number of persons killed increased by 2.4% over that of the previous year. It said that the road accident severity measured by the number of persons killed per 100 accidents, has seen an increase little over half a percent.

“The number of 4,67,044 accidents and 1,51,417 deaths in 2018 translates into an average of 1,280 accidents and 415 deaths every day and nearly 53 accidents and 17 deaths every hour,” the report said highlighting the alarming number of fatalities. It said the share of two-wheeler involved in fatal accidents was maximum at 31.4% followed by car and jeeps riders. Two-wheeler riders were the most vulnerable lot as 35.2% of those killed were two-wheeler riders. Cyclists, pedestrians and two-wheeler riders had 54% share of all dead in road accidents during last year.
The report also said that speeding was the biggest reason of road fatalities accounting for 64.4% of the persons killed followed by driving on the wrong siRead More – Source

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