India tops world in road deaths, injuries


Experts in India believe road traffic fatalities could be lowered with proper planning and implementation of rules.

India has only 1% of the world's vehicles but 11% of the global deaths from road accidents occur in India, according to a report by the World Bank released earlier this year.

About 450,000 accidents take place in India annually, of which 150,000 people die.

“India has the highest number of casualties in road accidents,” said the report. “There are 53 road accidents in the country every hour and one death every four minutes.”

On the eve of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims observed Sunday, Piyush Tewari from Save Life Foundation said most road fatalities are taking place because of flawed road designing and engineering.

“Weak enforcement of traffic laws, lack of rapid trauma care and bad road-user behavior are other reasons for such a large number of fatalities on India roads,” Tewari told Anadolu Agency.

Save Life Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving road safety and emergency medical care across India.