Tamil Nadu continues to lead the country in the number of road accidents but secures third position in case of fatal ones
Tamil Nadu continues to lead the country in the number of road accidents
during 2018 though the southern state registered a 2.5 per cent decline over
the figures registered in the previous year. In the case of the fatalities, the
state secured the third position a shade better than previous year when it was
in the second position. The leader in the number of fatal accidents is Uttar
The country wide accident statistics was released by the transport wing of
the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
Tamil Nadu continues to top the list of States with 63,920 road accidents
in 2018, although this is a decline of 2.5 per cent over 2017 (65,560),
The State also came third in accident-related deaths with 12,216 deaths in
2018, a 24 per cent drop from 16,157 in 2017. The State had been ranked number
two since 2014 in accident-related deaths.
State needs to do more
to reduce the number of accidents
With an over 10 per cent share of all registered vehicles in India and
accounting for 13.7 per cent of total accidents in the country in 2018, the
State needs to do more to reduce the number of accidents.
Rural areas more
Rural Tamil Nadu needs special focus. Of 11,375 fatal accidents in 2018,
7,093 were reported from rural Tamil Nadu compared to 4,059 from urban areas.
In 2018, as many as 839 drivers were killed, 5,067 drivers injured, 775
passengers killed and 4,988 injured in the State on account of not wearing a
driving without helmet
Driving without helmet claimed the lives of 3,956 drivers and injured
20,378, while 1,092 passengers were killed and over 6,160 injured during 2018.
Of those involved in road accidents, 50,519 had a valid permanent licence,
2,247 had learner’s licence, and 6,454 had no licence.
Wine and liquor shops on highways have been shut down. The State-level
control room has been activated to monitor highway-patrolling teams (fitted
Two wheelers account
for 70 per cent share.
Of 4,67,044 accidents in 2018, two wheelers accounted for the highest share
of 35.2 per cent, followed by four wheelers (cars, jeeps, vans, taxis, etc.)
accounting for 24.3 per cent, and trucks and other heavy vehicles at 12.3 per
cent. Among other segments, unspecified vehicles under the category 'others'
alone accounted for 7 per cent of the road accidents.
Steps to reduce
Wearing helmets, safety belts while driving, not using
mobile phones, refraining from daring acts and overspeeding, being extra
careful and attentive to other vehicles on the road-especially at night- and
extreme weather conditions, carrying proper licence, regular check-up of
vehicles, not overloading vehicles and following traffic rules will go a long
way in saving lives, say those handling road accident-trauma cases.