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Accidental deaths down by 11% in 2020; share of two-wheeler fatalities up in Covid year | India News

NEW DELHI: The number of people killed in accidents – both due to forces of nature and negligence including traffic crashes – reduced by nearly 11% during 2020 when Covid-19 hit the country compared to 2019.
However, the share of two-wheeler occupants killed in road crashes increased to nearly 44% in 2020 compared to 38% during the previous year, according to the latest data of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).
This is a clear indication of how more people have shifted to “affordable” private transport due to the fear of Coronavirus.
According to the NCRB data for 2020, which was published on Thursday, all accidental deaths declined to 3.74 lakh compared to 4.21 lakh in 2019.
A comparative analysis also shows that the number of fatalities in “traffic accidents”, which include road crashes, railway accidents and railway crossing accidents decreased to 1.46 lakh last year compared to 1.81 lakh in 2019.
There was decline in such fatalities across all these categories, primarily due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown and restriction on both road and rail transport during most part of the year.
Among other accidents, there was a similar decline in fatalities except in the case of drowning and poisoning. The data show that 37,238 people lost lives due to drowning in 2020 compared to 32,617 during the previous year. Similarly, 22,221 persons died due to poisoning during last year compared to 21,196 in 2019.
The data reveals a disturbing trend of rising share of deaths in the case of two-wheeler occupants in 2020 and the total number of such victims was almost similar to the number of fatalities in 2019.
Last year 58,129 two-wheeler occupants died in road traffic crashes compared to 58,747 in 2019.
Maharashtra reported the maximum number of such fatalities (5,877) followed by Uttar Pradesh (5,735), a combined share of 20% of all such fatalities across the country.
UP reported the maximum number of fatalities due to car crashes (3,190) and a large number of deaths due to crashes involving trucks and lorries (4,606) .
Karnataka reported a maximum of 1,536 pedestrian deaths in 2020.



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