4,22,659 accidents were recorded in the country in 2021.
1.73 lakh people lost their lives in around 4.22 lakh traffic accidents in India last year. Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of deaths (24,711), while Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra registered 16,685 and 16,446 deaths, respectively.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 4,22,659 accidents were recorded in the country in 2021 as compared to 3,68,828 in the previous year. These included 4,03,116 road accidents, which caused 1,55,622 fatalities – a 16.8% increase over 2020.
16,431 people lost their lives in 17,993 railway accidents and 1,807 people perished in railway crossing accidents in 2021.
The number of traffic accidents reported in Tamil Nadu went up from 46,443 in 2020 to 57,090 in 2021. Madhya Pradesh recorded 49,493 accidents, while Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala registered 36,509, 30,086 and 33,051 accidents, respectively.
According to NCRB data, the rate of deaths per thousand vehicles increased from 0.45 in 2020 to 0.53 in 2021. Road accidents caused more deaths than injuries in Mizoram, Punjab, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.