Auto Accidents in India Are Increasing

Comments Closed June 15th, 2010 01:46am webmaster

Auto accident statistics in India rising rapidly creating concerns for government

If you think avoiding an auto accident with one of 300 million people is hard, try avoiding one with over a billion people.  That’s the problem that the country of India is faced with every day.  In 2006, India passed China in the number of wrongful deaths caused by auto accidents and the number continues to grow — up 40 percent in five years.

By comparison, China is doing better as their official numbers for fatal auto accidents have been dropping for much of the last ten years.  Rising numbers in India are a result of a microcosm of reasons including a surge in automobiles as well as poor road planning and insufficient law enforcement.

Indian drivers and non-drivers face the same dangers as Americans.  Reckless driving and the increasing amount of pedestrians in streets create an auto accident scenario waiting to happen.  Reporters taking a 40-minute ride on the highway saw various infractions on that a highway going from Delhi to Greater Noida.  Wrong-way driving, an illegal stop and distracted driving were just samples of the greater problem.

Kamal Nath, India’s minister of road transport and highways said in an interview that “road safety is one of the major issues” the ministry is addressing.  Funds in excess of $45 billion from private investors may increase highway expansion plans to extend India’s 2-million-mile road network.

Some government opponents say that wrongful deaths in India aren’t likely to decline with new roadways, but examples in Brazil already show that new private highways have lower fatal auto accident rates than others.

If you live in a country where one highway has the nickname “Expressway to Death”, you should begin to question how much is being done to prevent fatal auto accidents.  Our auto accident lawyers in San Diego know the problems that American drivers face pale into comparison to what Indian drivers do.  Hopefully, more roads will be added to help lower numbers to make roads safer.

21 killed, 20 injured in road mishap in eastern India

Comments Closed June 15th, 2010 01:43am webmaster

At least 21 people were killed and 20 others injured in a major road mishap in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand Wednesday morning, a senior police official said, Xinhua reported.
  
“The 21 dead and 20 injured were of a marriage party. The mishap happened when the bus in which they were traveling rammed into a tree in the state’s Dhandbad district, after the driver of the speeding vehicle lost control while negotiating a road. All the passengers were coming from the neighborign state of West Bengal to attend a wedding,” he said.
  
The injured have been admitted to a local hospital, the official said. Road accident rate in India is among the highest in the world, with at least 100,000 killed each year on the road.

Two killed in road mishap on J-K highway

Comments Closed June 15th, 2010 01:42am webmaster

Two persons were killed and seven others injured in two separate road accidents on Jammu-Kashmir highway in Kathua and Udahmpur districts, police said here on Monday.

Gopal Krishen and Vijay Kumar, working in MES department, died and two others were injured when a tanker carrying them rolled down on Jammu-Srinagar highway into a gorge at Prem Nagar area of Chenani belt of Udhampur district last night, they said, adding the injured were hospitalised.

Five members of a family were injured when a car in which they were travelling towards Jammu from Pathankote met with an accident after it turned turtle at Kishenpur belt of Kathua district on Monday, they said.

India leads world in Road Accidents

Comments Closed June 15th, 2010 01:40am webmaster

New Delhi: While road fatalities in many other big emerging markets have declined or stabilized in recent years, even as vehicle sales jumped, in India, fatalities are skyrocketing – up 40 percent in five years to more than 118,000 in 2008, the last figure available. The country has overhauled China in 2006 to top the world in road fatalities and is continuing to pull steadily ahead.

Reckless driving and the juxtaposition of pedestrians and fast-moving heavy vehicles are common across India.

Poor road planning, inadequate law enforcement, a surge in trucks and cars, and a flood of untrained drivers have made India the world’s road death capital, according to a report by Heather Timmons and Hari Kumar. As the country’s fast-growing economy and huge population raise its importance on the world stage, the rising toll is a reminder that the government still struggles to keep its more than a billion people safe.

In China, by contrast, which has undergone an auto boom of its own, official figures for road deaths have been falling for much of the past decade, to 73,500 in 2008, as new highways segregate cars from pedestrians, tractors and other slow-moving traffic, and the government cracks down on drunken driving and other violations.

Evidence of road accidents seems to be everywhere in urban India. Highways and city intersections often glitter with smears of broken windshield and are scattered with unmatched shoes, shorn-off bicycle seats and bits of motorcycle helmet. Tales of rolled-over trucks and speeding buses are a newspaper staple, and it is rare to meet someone in urban India who has not lost a family member, friend or colleague on the road.

The dangerous state of the roads represents a “total failure on the part of the government of India,” said Rakesh Singh, whose 16-year-old son, Akshay, was killed last year by an out-of-control truck in Bijnor, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, as he walked along a highway to a wedding. The truck crushed Akshay so completely that his father could identify his son only by his shirt. The truck also ran over a second man and drove away.

The breakdown in road safety has many causes, experts say. Often, the police are too stretched to enforce existing traffic laws or take bribes to ignore them; heavy vehicles, pedestrians, bullock carts and bicycles share roadways; punishment for violators is lenient, delayed or nonexistent; and driver’s licenses are easy to get with a bribe.

Kamal Nath, India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways, said in an interview that highway safety was a “priority” for the national government. “Road safety is one of the major issues” the ministry is addressing, he said. The ministry is reviewing the Motor Vehicles Act and, three years after a government-backed committee recommended that a national road safety board be established, it has introduced legislation to that effect in Parliament.

International safety experts say the Indian government has been slow to act. Bringing down road deaths “requires political commitment at the highest level,” said Dr. Etienne Krug, director of the department of violence and injury prevention at the World Health Organization. India’s government is “just waking up to the issue,” he said.

Traffic Police Station Inaugurated in Kundapur Town

Comments Closed June 15th, 2010 01:38am webmaster

Kundapur, Jun 14: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Sunday that the Government was according priority to modernising the police force in the State. He was speaking after inaugurating a traffic police station here.

Dr. Acharya said that as part of the modernisation drive, better vehicles, houses and offices, and modern equipment were being provided to police personnel.

A modern system for traffic management was being implemented in Bangalore city. A modern traffic management centre would come up in Bangalore by December-end. The Government had decided to improve traffic system in the three commissionerates of Hubli-Dharwad, Mysore and Mangalore, and also in all district headquarters, the Minister said.

The department was recruiting 4,412 police personnel this year. The process of appointing 400 sub-inspectors was in the final stage. The Government had increased allocation for the Home Department by Rs. 253 crore, Dr. Acharya said.

The opening of the traffic police station at Kundapur had become essential as the town had 50,511 vehicles. Besides, vehicles from other places also passed through Kundapur. A new police complex, comprising the offices of the Deputy Superintendent of Police and the traffic police, would be constructed near the new Assistant Commissioner’s Office here.

Jurisdiction

The traffic police station would have jurisdiction over 11 villages apart from Kundapur town. This station will have two sub-inspectors, two assistant sub-inspectors, 10 head constables and 32 police constables.

The department had provided an interceptor for Udupi city. Kundapur and Karkala towns would also be provided interceptors, he said, and added that a full-fledged fire station had been sanctioned for Kundapur.

Compensation

The Government had decided to provide gratuity and other benefits to the family of police constable M. Sridhar who was killed while on duty here on May 31. A cheque for Rs. 2.5 lakh each would be given to his parents and his wife, Dr. Acharya said.

Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) Gopal B. Hosur said that 1,000 posts had been sanctioned for the Mangalore Police Commissionerate and 182 posts for Udupi district police.

Superintendent of Police Pravin Pawar welcomed the gathering. Additional Superintendent of Police Venkateshappa proposed a vote of thanks. President of the Kundapur Town Municipal Council Mohandas Shenoy and Deputy Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Pandit were present.

Next Posts Previous Posts