A total of 464,910 road accidents was reported in India last year, claiming 147,913 lives and causing injuries to 470,975 persons, according to statistics for road accidents, injuries and fatalities released by the Indian government.
The fgures translate into 405 deaths and 1,290 injury cases each day from 1,274 accidents, reports Autocar India citing the government data.
Nevertheless, the number of road accidents declined from the peak of 501,423 in 2015 to 480,652 in 2016 and further to 464,910 in 2017.
The government report further states that there has also been a decline in the number of fatal accidents (accident involving at least one death). There were 134,796 fatal accidents reported in 2017, a dip of 0.9%. On the other hand, the road accident severity (measured by the number of persons killed per 100 accidents) saw a marginal increase in 2017 over the previous year.
Tamil Nadu records highest number of accidents
The report reveals that Tamil Nadu recorded the highest number of road accidents in 2017, but the number of people killed in road accidents was the highest in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Overspeeding topped the list of factors behind road accidents, and caused 70.4% of all motor accidents, 66.7% of lives lost and 72.8% of individuals injured.