New Delhi, 31 October (IANS): According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ annual report on accidents for 2022, “overspeeding” was the cause of 72.3% of all road accidents, 71.2 percent of all fatalities, and 72.8% of all injuries.
It also said that the most common cause of accident fatalities, at 19.5%, was “Hit from Back.” This was followed by “Hit and Run” and “Head on Collision,” which each contributed 15.7% and 18.1% of deaths.
In 2022, “Overspeeding” was the primary infraction linked to road accidents, deaths, and injuries, according to a study on traffic rule breaches and their causes.
In all, states and union territories have recorded 4,61,312 traffic incidents in 2022, with 1,68,491 fatalities.
In 2022, there were 11.9% more traffic accidents than in 2021, and there were also 9.4% more fatalities and 15.3% more injuries.
The year 2022 saw 72.3% of all traffic accidents, 71.2 % of all fatalities, and 72.8 % of all injuries being caused by “overspeeding.”
In 2022 compared to 2021, there were 12.8% more accidents, 11.8% more deaths, and 15.2% more injuries caused by “Overspeeding” in 2022.
“Driving on the wrong side” accounted for 4.9% of all traffic incidents in 2022, making it the second-highest cause of accidents overall.
The combined effects of drinking drunk, using drugs, running red lights, and using cell phones while driving resulted in 7.4% of accidents and 8.3% of fatalities.
Eighteen percent of accidents, seventeen percent of deaths, and seventeen percent of injuries were attributed to other categories, which would include things like the state of the vehicles, the road environment, etc.
A total of 50,029 persons died in 2022 as a result of not wearing helmets; of them, 14,337 (28.7%) were passengers and 35,692 (71.3%) were drivers.
Comparably, 16,715 persons who did not have seat belts on died within the same time frame. 8,384 (50.2%) of the 16,715 were drivers, and 8,331 (49.8%) were passengers.
According to the yearly report, 42,303 persons who were hurt in traffic accidents in 2022 did not use seat belts, and 1,01,891 persons who were wounded in traffic accidents did not wear helmets.