Road accidents occur due to multiple causes. Some of the causes are use of mobile phone, drunken driving/ consumption of alcohol/ drug, overloaded vehicle, poor light condition, jumping red light, over speeding, overtaking, neglect of civic bodies, weather condition, driving on wrong side, defect in road condition, defect in condition of motor vehicle, fault of cyclist and fault of pedestrian etc.
There were 467,044 road accidents in India during 2018; out of which 190,956 (40.89%) were in urban areas and 276,088 (59.11%) were in rural areas in India. The top 5 States/UTs with respect to road accidents in urban areas during 2018 were Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The number of road accidents in urban areas in Tamil Nadu was 24,478 during 2018, which accounted 12.82% of the total road accidents in urban areas of India. There were 22,458 road accidents in urban areas in Madhya Pradesh during 2018. It accounted 11.76% of the total road accidents in urban areas of India during the same period. The number of road accidents in urban areas of Uttar Pradesh was 19,728 during 2018, which accounted 10.33% of the total road accidents in urban areas of India.
During 2018, there were 17,284 and 14,668 road accidents in urban areas in Karnataka and Maharashtra respectively. Karnataka accounted for 9.05% and Maharashtra accounted for 7.68% of the total road accidents in urban areas of India during 2018.
Lakshadweep was the only union territory seen with 0 (zero) road accidents in its urban areas during 2018 among all the States/UTs of India.
Resource Title: State/UT-wise Total Number of Accidents, Number of Persons Killed and Number of Persons Injured in Road Accidents in Urban & Rural Areas during 2018