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Haryana among Indian States with Highest Accidental Death Rates in 2022, ET Infra

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GURGAON: Haryana is second only to Chhattisgarh among Indian states with the highest accidental deaths per lakh of their population in 2022, data by the National Crime Records Bureau showed.

At 56.4, Chhattisgarh topped the list, followed by Haryana at 53.5. Only two Union territories — Puducherry (65.7) and Ladakh (78.7) ranked higher. The country’s average is 31.2.

Accidental deaths are fatalities from road accidents, railway accidents, railway crossing accidents, natural calamities, unnatural causes and unreported illnesses.

According to the NCRB report, the number of accidental deaths in Haryana rose 8% from 14,830 in 2021 to 16,041 last year. Of this, 85%, or 13,782, were men.

The number of road, railway and railway crossing accidents across the state also went up almost 8%, recording a total of 11,015 in 2021 and 11,876 in 2022, the NCRB report said. Last year, 10,654 road accidents were reported the state.

Another 1,127 cases of railway accidents and 95 cases of railway crossing accidents were also recorded in the same period. Over a thousand people (1,101) died in railway accidents and 95 died in railway crossing accidents.

Of 36 states and UTs, 19 in the country have recorded accidental deaths higher than the national average.

Data for Haryana showed that pedestrians and two-wheeler riders made up for the majority of casualties in accidental deaths.

Of the total 5,228 deaths on roads, 2,812 people who died were two-wheeler riders and 1,663 were pedestrians.

The months of March (1,131) and December (1,091) recorded the maximum number of traffic accidents, including road, railway and railway crossing accidents. But the lows weren’t too low – at 817, January saw the fewest traffic accidents among the months.

Going by the time that the accidents were reported at, rush hours from 6pm to 9pm appear to be the most dangerous. The total number of accidents in that period was 2,345 last year.

The others were — 1,140 from 12-3am; 902 from 3-6am; 1,411 from 6-9am; 1,513 from 9am-noon; 1,402 from noon to 3pm; 1,705 from 3-6pm; 2,345 from 6pm; and 1,458 from 9pm to 12am.

Haryana data also showed that highways were the deadliest for road accidents.

Around 3,600 accidents, which claimed 2,924 lives, were reported on national highways, and 922 people were killed in 1,942 accidents on state highways last year. Another 127 accidents and 107 fatalities were reported on expressways.

Most of the road accidents were also caused by careless driving or while overtaking. Almost 2,000 people (1,955) died in these crashes.

Speeding on roads is another worry. It led to 3,805 accidents that killed 1,976 people, data showed.

  • Published On Dec 7, 2023 at 08:29 AM IST

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