Road accident fatalities on the rise: UP sees most helmetless-rider deaths at 6,445 – Times of India

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the number and share of two-wheeler riders and pedestrians getting killed in road accidents have increased consistently over the past few years. For example, the share of two-wheeler rider deaths in total road fatalities was 45.1 percent during 2021, which is at its highest since the government started publishing a yearly report on the subject.
While there were 56,136 deaths reported in two-wheeler accidents which made 37.1 percent of total road fatalities in 2019, the figure stood at 69,635 last year which is 45.1 percent of total road accident deaths. The number of pedestrian deaths grew from 25,858 (17.1 percent of total fatalities on the road) in 2019 to 29,124 deaths last year.
The ministry’s report also points out that some 47,000 people out of a total of 69,385 two-wheeler riders killed in road crashes last year were not wearing helmets. The share of riders killed in crashes was about two-and-a-half times more than that of pillion riders, the report adds, highlighting that 32,877 two-wheeler riders were killed while 13,716 pillion rider fatalities happened last year.

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The most two-wheeler accident deaths due to not wearing a helmet were reported in Uttar Pradesh at 6,445. Tamil Nadu recorded 5,888 such deaths, followed by Maharashtra at 4,966.
MoRTH’s report underlines that overspeeding was the most widespread reason behind such fatal crashes, followed by wrong lane/side driving, use of mobile phones while driving, driving under the influence, jumping traffic signals, and others.

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