Probe all mass fatality road crashes, nail cause: Supreme Court panel | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety has directed states to ensure that forensic crash investigations are conducted of all “mass fatality crashes” in each district to detect the exact cause of the mishaps.
In India, hardly any fatal road crash is investigated thoroughly to identify the fault of road engineering, signage and other aspects. Most of the time, police put the blame on drivers and speeding based on eyewitness accounts. The panel set up to monitor road crashes and to guide the Centre and states to reduce fatal accidents has also asked all states to plan the deployment of different types of ambulances as per the historic caseload of road crashes in districts.
It has asked them to put in place a mechanism of linkage between hospitals and ambulances by setting up a notification system so that the injured can be rushed to the nearest hospital that has the requisite facilities for providing treatment.
According to government estimates, nearly 50% of the injured in road crashes can be saved, if they are rushed to a hospital within the first hour of the accident. On an average, 1.5 lakh people lose lives and around five lakh are left injured annually in accidents on Indian roads. Quick transfer of the injured persons to hospitals also increases the chance of their recovery. The panel has also asked the states to start publishing the monthly road crash data in public domain and to have district-wise websites for this purpose.
Currently, there is no such mechanism and the home and transport ministry publish annual road crash data.

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