Increasing road accidents in india and reasons behind it
Posted Date: 30-Jan-2012
Why number of road accidents are increasing every day. We all hear about road mishaps everyday in news and are worried about our safety. Many of us are worried about our safety while we get on the road to travel. There is no surety if we will reach our destination safely or not. According to data released by transport department and police thousands of people lost their lives on roads every year. Here are some facts relating to road safety
Why number of road accidents are increasing every day. We all hear about road mishaps everyday in news and are worried about our safety.Many of us are worried about our safety while we get on the road to travel.There is no surety if we will reach our destination safely or not. According to data released by transport department and police thousands of people lost their lives on roads every year.
Here are some facts relating to road safety
a.About 85 percent of all accident deaths occur in developing countries and nearly half in the Asia-Pacific.
b.India accounts for about 10 percent of road accident fatalities worldwide.
c.About 1,275,000 persons are seriously injured on the road every year.
d.Societal cost of annual accidents in India has been estimated at $ 11,000.
e.Professionalism in training of drivers is absent; proportion of untrained drivers is continually on the rise.
There are some major factors contributing for this condition-
First is the negligence of the citizens which is one of the important factors. Every law fails to have its impact if the citizen doesn't support it. Everyone should understand his responsibility in adhering to the laws because it is for their benefit. There are numerous cases of rash driving, drunken driving, driving by children under 18 years. People do not care for the safety of others on the road and drive carelessly. This has lead to creation of complete chaos on the roads especially in metro cities like Delhi or Mumbai.
Pathetic conditions of roads
Pathetic conditions of roads are also responsible for the increasing rate of accident fatalities in the country. Road conditions are not improving with the rate of increasing rate of vehicles and the roads which are present are also not of international standards. The sin of corruption is responsible for this. The contracts of roads are given to contractors of choice by corrupt officials without inspecting their experience and resources. Millions and billions of rupees are spent by government every year by govt but more than 80 % of this money goes into pockets of corrupt officers and politicians.
While the government claims construction of multi lane highways loudly in their advertisements still India doesn't have a single highway like European or American motorways. The roads are not designed with proper methods and the material used in the construction is of substandard quality. In developed country the contractor gives 10 year warranty on the roads constructed but in India the roads start washing away in first rainy season.
Unsafe vehicle design-
It is also a reason behind increasing accidents, but some of you may not be agree with me on this point. Let me elaborate on this. We know the cars which are available in India from international auto companies like BMW or Audi etc can cruise to more than 200kmph without any delay after pushing pedal. But the maximum speed allowed on any road in country is not more than 95 kph (correct me if it's wrong). So who can stop people to violate speed limits when they have rocket under their foot. Most of Indian roads are not safe for driving beyond speeds beyond 70kmph, and believe me most of the accidents occur due to over speeding and loss of control over vehicle high speeds. The international auto companies when launch the models in Indian market generally avoid security features present in their European or American versions to increase their profits. They charge prices for security features like ABS airbags which are strictly required in developed countries. In less developed they take the benefits of loose rules.
lack of proper laws
Another reason is the lack of proper laws and enforcement. The laws for the traffic is obsolete now and don't match with current scenario; also there is less enforcement of existing laws. People generally consider traffic rules to be linked with fines or challans they do not understand the importance of the rule as a measure to protect themselves from mis-hapenings. For e.g. people wear helmet only to save challan and not as a protective instrument.
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