New Delhi: As many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on average last year, with nearly half of them in the 18-35 age group, according to an official report released Wednesday.
While overall road accidents declined by 4.1 percent, the fatalities were up by 3.2 percent, meaning more than 400 people lost their lives daily on road.
A total of 4,80,652 road accidents took place in India last year resulting in the loss of 1,50,785 lives and inflicting serious injuries on 4,94,624 people.
The Accidents India 2016 report, which was released by minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari, revealed that 46.3 percent killed in road accidents were young, between the age group of 18-35 years.
It added that the working age group of 18-60 years constituted 83.3 percent in the total road accident fatalities.
7 cities in Kerala on the list
Seven Kerala cities including Malappuram and Thiruvananthapuram were on the list of 50 cities with the most number of accidents in 2016.
Based on the data reported by the police, drivers' fault was the single most important factor responsible for road accidents (84 percent), killings (80.3 percent) and injuries (83.9 percent).
The report says 13 states accounted for 86 percent of accidents. These are Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.