Road accidents in India claim thousands of lives each year. As per WHO’s global report on road safety in 2018, India accounts for 11% of accident-related deaths in the world. As per the latest data from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as many as 17 people succumb to road accidents each hour on average. So, what leads to these accidents? Let’s find out.
Over speeding occupies pole position when it comes to the causes for road mishaps. The adrenaline rush to accelerate beyond permissible limits and control is the main culprit behind accidents. As per estimates, more than 60% of road accidents in the country take place due to over speeding.
Note that over speeding not only kills but also attracts a hefty penalty. As per the new Motor Vehicles Act, if you are found over speeding, you need to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000. For speed racing, you can also face a jail term of up to three months for the first offense. For the second offence, the term is of a year.
This is another cause of road accidents in India. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is pretty common, and though it has come down to some extent because of an increase in fines and media coverage, it remains a menace mostly in metro cities.
Under the new Motor Vehicles Act, fine for drunk driving is quite stiff. For the first offense, there could be imprisonment of up to six months and/or fine up to Rs. 10,000. If caught the second time, the fine amount goes up to Rs. 15,000 with jail imprisonment up to two years. Therefore, if you are drunk, it’s in your best interest to avoid the wheels.
Talking on mobile phones is another reason for bloodshed on roads. According to WHO, drivers who talk on mobile phones while driving are four times more likely to be involved in accidents. The quantum of risks goes high up if drivers text while at the wheels.
Talking or texting on mobile phones cause a massive distraction which results in accidents. The focus moves away from roads, resulting in a mishap. Also, there’s no conclusive evidence that shows that hands-free devices are safer than hand-held devices. The fine, in this case, is hefty too and if caught, you may need to shell out Rs. 5,000 as a penalty.
In case you need to attend a call, it’s better to stop and talk over the phone. If you are unable to do so, reach your destination and call back. This will ensure your safety along with other pedestrians and motor vehicles on the road.
It’s a common sight at intersections done primarily to save time. However, a moment of lapse can cause major grief later. Motorists are often found impatient waiting at red lights. However, this impatience results in heartburn later.
Properly following traffic signals not only ensures safety but also helps you reach your destination safely. Jumping red lights can also pinch your pocket hard. If caught, you need to pay a fine of Rs. 1,000. Therefore, make sure to de-accelerate while arriving at traffic signals and when the signal turns red, stop. Wait for the signal to turn green before moving ahead.
Driving is an art that requires proper training. However, more often than not, drivers are found devoid of adequate training and quite a lot of them don’t even possess a valid license. An undertrained driver often lacks the skills needed for safe driving resulting in accidents.
Also, it’s a fallacy that holding a valid license is proof of being a qualified driver. Before hitting the road, take adequate training from a certified professional.
To avoid road accidents, follow traffic rules, and wear safety gears like seat belts and helmets. Keep the speed of your vehicle within desirable limits and follow all the protocols to remain safe and secured. Also, a personal accident insurance policy can shield you financially from the losses arising due to an accident. You can avail it either offline or online. Happy and safe driving!