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Number of deaths due to road accidents India 2018 by age of the victim

In 2018, the number of deaths due to road accidents in India among victims between 25 to 35 years amounted to around 40 thousand, the most compared to other age groups. That year, there were over 151 thousand accidental fatalities across the south Asian country. Over-speeding was the leading contributor of accidents. Combined, state and national highways recorded around 258 thousand road accidents in 2018. This number had dropped significantly in 2016, before increasing again over the last two years. In 2018, the figures for road fatalities in the country hit an all-time high.

Accident demographics

The Indian subcontinent ranked first in terms of road accident deaths according to the World Road Statistics which comprised of 199 countries. A majority of victims were two-wheeler commuters. Additionally, pedestrians made up a high share of victims as well, reflecting the lack of infrastructure, be it improper footpaths and the lack of foot-over bridges or negligence of traffic rules. About 70 percent of the road accidents in India accounted for about six percent of the global road traffic accidents.

Accident prevention

Poor enforcement of fines, in addition to mild punishments and corruption encourages drivers, especially among young Indians, to engage in rash driving. Accident awareness programs were initiated by the government among the motorists, along with the National Road Safety Policy to encourage safe transport, strict enforcement of safety laws and fines and establishment of road safety database.

Number of deaths due to road accidents across India in 2018, by age of the victim

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September 2019



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