Telling Numbers: Road accidents kill 400/day, 1/4th of them in UP & Tamil Nadu

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  1. According to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways data,road accidents in India has killed around 1.5 lakh people every year between 2015 and 2017.
  2. This works out to a daily average of 400 or more deaths in each of the three years.
  3. The ministry has also presented state-wise data.Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of deaths in road accidents in each of the three years, followed by Tamil Nadu.
  4. Further,World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Global Status report on Road Safety has also stated that road accidents are the leading cause of death among people in the 5-29 age-group worldwide.
  5. According to the report,India might be losing 2,99,000 people each year due to road accidents.However,the government pegs the number of road accident deaths at nearly 1,50,000 people each year.