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Around 3.75 lakh accidental deaths in India in 2020, over 35% in road accidents – Ncrb data

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Around 3.75 lakh accidental deaths in India in 2020, over 35% in road accidents – Ncrb data

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India recorded 3,74,397 accidental deaths in 2020 and road accidents made up more than 35 percent of such deaths, according to government data. However, the number of accidental deaths in 2020 was lower than in 2019 when the figure was 4,21,104, the annual report from the National Criminal Records Bureau (NCRB) showed.

The rate of “accidental deaths” per lakh of population stood at 27.7 in 2020, up from 31.4 the previous year. India recorded 3.54,796 cases of traffic accidents during 2020 in which 1.33,201 people died and 3.35,201 were injured, said the NCRB, which reports to the Union Ministry of the Interior.

More than 60 percent of road accidents were caused by speeding, accounting for 75,333 deaths and 2,09,736 people injured, according to the report. According to the NCRB, 43.6 percent of traffic accident victims were drivers of two-wheelers, followed by cars, trucks or trucks, and buses accounting for 13.2 percent, 12.8 percent, and 3 , 1 percent of deaths from traffic accidents, respectively.

Dangerous or careless driving or overtaking contributed to 24.3 percent of traffic accidents, leading to 35,219 deaths and 77,067 injuries, it added. Only 2.4 percent of road accidents were due to bad weather conditions, the NCRB said in the report. The data showed 59.6 percent, representing 2,11,351 cases, reported in rural areas and 40.4 percent, 1,43,445 road accidents, in urban areas. In addition, 31.8 percent of all road accidents were reported near residential areas, it added.

A total of 13,018 rail accident cases were reported during 2020 that injured 1,127 people and resulted in 11,968 deaths, according to the NCRB report. The majority (70 percent) of rail accidents were reported under “train fall or collision with people on the track” (9,117 of 13,018).

The report showed 1,014 cases of “railroad crossing accidents” that caused 1,185 deaths and 71 people were injured. Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of railway crossing accident cases (380 out of 1,014 cases) accounting for 37.5 percent of all such accidents, it said. Among other “accidental deaths”, 7,405 deaths were reported in the country due to causes attributable to “forces of nature.” Another 3,66,992 people faced accidental deaths due to “other causes.” The “other causes” include deliberate or negligent conduct by human beings, and a total of 5,88,738 such cases were reported in 2020 in which 3,38,903 people were also injured, according to the NCRB report.


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Around 3.75 lakh accidental deaths in India in 2020, over 35% in road accidents – Ncrb data

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