In India, traffic accidents are at a record high and are among the most serious, with an estimated 1.4 million fatalities and a rise of more than 10% in the number of road fatalities per capita since 2008.
The report said traffic accidents cost the country Rs. 9,800 crore in lost income in 2015-16, or $2.4 billion in value.
India is also among the top 10 countries for road deaths per capita with 1.65 deaths per 1 million people.
In terms of gross domestic product, the report said the number one source of road deaths in India is vehicular accidents, followed by pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists.
India’s traffic deaths and injuries statisticsSource: Transport Ministry report, 2016-17The report added that in terms of GDP, the top five sources of traffic fatalities are road accidents and pedestrian deaths.
The transport ministry also said that while the number and severity of road accidents have decreased in the past decade, the number, and severity, of traffic deaths have remained stable.
“The situation has changed in recent years and the number deaths have increased.
There is no clear data on the incidence and severity in India but in recent times, traffic fatalities have increased in both urban and rural areas.
It is important that the data is collected and analysed so that we can get the right picture,” said a senior ministry official, who did not wish to be identified.