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Road Accidents Claimed 1.55 Lakh Lives In India In 2021, Sharp Rise Over 2020

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The number of road accidents in India increased by 12 per cent last year compared to 2020. Number of people who lost their lives due to road mishaps went up by nearly 17 per cent from 1.33 lakh deaths in 2020.

When it comes to road accidents, India continues to rank among the top countries. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released data on road accidents in India in 2021, revealing that the number of such incidents and deaths has increased significantly since 2020. One of the reasons that such incidents or fatalities have increased since 2020 is that vehicle movement has resumed following the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The number of road accidents in India increased by 12% last year compared to 2020, according to NCRB data. In 2021, there were over four lakh recorded cases of road accidents, up from 3.54 lakh in Covid-19’s first year. The number of people killed in road accidents increased by nearly 17% from 1.33 lakh in 2020 to 1.55 lakh in 2021. These incidents also injured approximately 3.71 lakh people. According to the NCRB report, the rate of deaths per thousand vehicles in 2021 has risen to 0.53 from 0.45 in 2020.

Road Accidents Claimed 1.55 Lakh Lives In India In 2021, Sharp Rise Over 2020
Road Accidents Claimed 1.55 Lakh Lives In India In 2021, Sharp Rise Over 2020

Road accidents have killed more people than they have injured in Mizoram, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. In Mizoram, 64 people were killed in as many road accidents, with only 28 people injured. In Punjab, 6,097 road accidents killed 4,516 people, while 33,711 road accidents killed 21,792 people in Uttar Pradesh.

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Every year, the country witnesses lakhs of road accidents, with a majority of them involving two-wheelers. These road accidents result in a huge number of deaths, critical injuries or paralysis.

These mishaps are blamed on a variety of factors. While many accidents are caused by various traffic rule violations, some are caused by vehicle technical faults. Some road accidents occur as a result of poor road conditions as well as flaws in road design.

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