Bangalore records the highest number of deaths
In major cities, two-wheelers accounted for the highest number of road accident fatalities.
In the dynamic landscape of road safety across major cities in India, Bengaluru emerged as the city with the highest number of road accident deaths in 2022, primarily attributed to speeding vehicles. Among cities with a population of over a million, the Silicon Valley of India reported a staggering 711 deaths due to speeding incidents, according to the 'Road accidents in India - 2022' report compiled by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Bengaluru's disheartening statistics were followed closely by Jaipur, which reported 683 deaths, and the nation's capital, Delhi, stood third with 648 road accident deaths linked to speeding.
When it comes to the number of accidents caused by speeding, Indore topped the list with a substantial 4,338 cases, closely trailed by Bengaluru with 3,528 incidents. In contrast, Pune, among cities with a million-plus population, reported the lowest number of accidents in this category.
These statistics reveal a concerning trend in road safety within Bengaluru, where both road accidents and fatalities have been steadily increasing over the past few years. In 2018, the city witnessed 686 road accident deaths, a number that surged to 772 in 2022, as indicated by the report.
Furthermore, the overall number of accidents in Bengaluru also saw an upward trend. In 2022, the city was in the fourth position with 3,822 accidents, compared to the fifth position with 3,213 accidents in 2021. Tragically, deaths resulting from road accidents continued to rise in Bengaluru, with 772 fatalities in 2022, marking an increase from the 654 deaths recorded in 2021.
While Bengaluru grapples with these alarming figures, it's essential to acknowledge cities that have made significant strides in improving road safety. Chennai, for instance, achieved remarkable progress by reducing the number of accident deaths from 998 in 2021 to 491 in 2022. This remarkable feat is followed by cities like Ghaziabad and Ludhiana, which have also witnessed a positive shift in this regard.
In dissecting the nature of road accident fatalities in major cities, it becomes evident that two-wheelers were the primary contributors to these unfortunate incidents. Delhi recorded the highest number of two-wheeler-related deaths (551) in the country, followed closely by Bengaluru (416) in 2022. In stark contrast, Jamshedpur reported the lowest number of such deaths, with just 11 fatalities among million-plus cities in the same year.
The data underscores the urgent need for increased awareness, stringent enforcement of road safety measures, and a collective effort from both authorities and citizens to curb the rising tide of road accidents and fatalities due to speeding in India's bustling metropolises, with Bengaluru serving as a poignant reminder of the work that lies ahead.