This report named Road Accidents in India 2020 (Road accidents in India – 2020) states that out of total 1.20 lakh fatal accidents, 43 thousand 412 (35.9%) accidents took place on National Highways. 30 thousand 171 (25%) accidents took place on state highways, while 47 thousand 223 accidents i.e. about 39.1 percent took place on other roads. The good thing is that compared to the year 2019, there was a decrease of 12.23 percent in fatal road accidents in 2020.
According to the report, in 2020, a total of 3 lakh 66 thousand 138 road accidents were reported across the country. In these, 1 lakh 31 thousand 714 people lost their lives and 3 lakh 48 thousand 279 people were injured. According to the report, the total number of people killed in road accidents in 2020 is 12.6 percent less than in 2019. For the third consecutive year, the maximum number of victims of these accidents were young people.
The report states that 69 per cent of the accident victims were in the age group of 18 to 45 years, while 87.4 per cent were in the working age group of 18-60 years. According to the report, 56,334 male and 1551 female drivers died in road accidents in the year 2020, while 35,552 male and 10,624 female passengers died.
It is also worth noting that 65 per cent of the accidents happened on straight roads, while only 15.2 per cent accidents were reported on curved roads, potholed roads. The data shows that more than 72 per cent of the accidents happened in clear weather. Tamil Nadu reported the maximum number of road accidents on National Highways, but the maximum number of deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh. However, the states which registered a decrease in road accidents and deaths in road accidents include Uttar Pradesh, as well as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala.