2020 witnessed nearly 18 per cent less road accidents, lesser death cases: Centre's report

New Delhi: 

The Ministry of

Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)

on Thursday informed that the number of road accident cases have been significantly declined in 2020, compared to 2019, on an average by 18.46 per cent. Subsequently, the number of people died in road accidents have also been decreased by 12.84.

Meanwhile, the number of injures decreased by 22.84 per cent over previous year’s average. Over 3.66 lakh road accidents were reported by States and Union Territories (UTs) during the calendar year 2020, which claimed 1,31,714 lives and caused 3, 48,279 injuries.

As per report ‘Road accidents in India — 2020’ that was prepared by Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). 

It should be noted that the number of road accidents has been on decline since 2016 except for a marginal increase of 0.46 per cent in 2018. For the second consecutive year, the total number of road accidents fatalities declined in 2020. 

Similarly, the number of persons injured has been on the decline since 2015.

For the third consecutive year in 2020, the fatal road accident victims largely constitute young people in the productive age groups. Young adults in the age group of 18 – 45 years accounted for 69 per cent of victims during 2020. People in the working age group of 18 – 60 years share 87.4 per cent of total road accident fatalities.

The report claims that there has also been a decline in the number of fatal accidents, i.e., accident involving at least one death. More than a lakh fatal accidents were reported in 2020, which is 12.23 per cent lower than the 2019 figure of 1,37,689. 

Interestingly, during 2020, National Highways, State Highways and Other Roads reported less number of accidents, fatalities and injuries as compared to previous year.

Major States that achieved significant reduction in road accident in 2020 are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Meanwhile, the major States that has seen a big deduction fatalities caused by road accidents in 2020 are Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.


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