Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India 2014 released!

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has released the Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India (ADSI) 2014.

Note: This post will restrict itself to Traffic Accidents, particularly Road Accidents.

Background Information:

Traffic Accidents comprise of

  • Road Accidents
  • Railway Accidents and
  • Railway Crossing Accidents.

Key Messages:

Traffic Accidents have increased by 1.3% compared to 2013.

In 2014, there were 4,81,805 Traffic Accidents that resulted in injuries to 4,81,739 persons and 1,69,107 deaths:

    • 4,50,898 Road Accidents resulting in 1,41,526 deaths
    • 28,360 Railway Accidents resulting in 25,006 deaths
    • 2,547 Railway Crossing Accidents resulting in 2,575 deaths

1/3rd of all Traffic Accident deaths occur in the states of Uttar Pradesh (12.2%), Maharashtra (11.0%), and Tamil Nadu (10.1%).

About 1/3rd (33.6%) of all Traffic Accidents occur between 3 pm and 9 pm.

24.2% of those killed in road accidents were the offending drivers/ pedestrians.

Most road accidents were reported from Tamil Nadu.

The National Highways accounted for the most road accidents (27.5%) and fatal road accidents (32.6%).

Most fatal road accidents on National Highways were reported from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu reported the maximum accidents and fatal road accidents on State Highways (12.9% of total fatal road accidents on State Highways).

Major causes of road accident deaths during 2014 were:

  • Speeding (‘over-speeding’) (47.9%)
  • Dangerous and careless driving/ Overtaking (41.5%)

Tamil Nadu accounted for the highest proportion (14.4%) of fatal road accidents occurring near schools/ colleges or other educational institutions, followed by Uttar Pradesh (12.7%).

Useful Links:

Link to the ADSI 2014:

Link to the NCRB web site:

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