New Delhi, Oct 31: In 2022, a total of 4,61,312 road accidents occurred in India, resulting in the loss of 1,68,491 lives, with 4,43,366 individuals sustaining injuries, according to the ‘Road Accidents in India – 2022’ report published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
This report reveals an 11.9% year-on-year increase in the number of accidents and a 9.4% rise in fatalities. There was also a notable 15.3% surge in the number of people injured in road accidents during 2022.
In terms of accident locations, the report specifies that 32.9% of these accidents (1,51,997 cases) took place on national highways (NH), including expressways, 23.1% (1,06,682 cases) on state highways (SH), and the remaining 43.9% (2,02,633 cases) occurred on other roads.
The data further reveals that out of the total 1,68,491 fatalities recorded in 2022, 36.2% (61,038 cases) occurred on national highways, 24.3% (41,012 cases) on state highways, and 39.4% (66,441 cases) on other roads.
The annual report relies on data and information provided by the police departments of states and Union Territories, following a calendar year basis in standard formats set by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) under the Asia Pacific Road Accident Data (APRAD) project.
These statistics highlight the urgent need for measures to improve road safety and reduce road accidents and fatalities in India, emphasizing the significance of promoting responsible driving behaviors, stringent traffic regulations, and the development of safer road infrastructure. Road safety awareness and campaigns should play a pivotal role in these efforts to address the growing issue of road accidents.