Road accidents and fatalities are on an upward trend in Tennessee

Road accidents and fatalities are on an upward trend in Tennessee

In Tamil Nadu, a total of 18,074 people died in 66,841 road accidents reported in 2023, an increase from the previous year’s statistics. In 2022, 17,884 deaths were reported from 64,105 incidents, according to data from the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB).

A total of 18,129 deaths were reported from 62,685 incidents in 2019, while 18,392 deaths were recorded from 67,279 incidents in 2018. The years of the Covid-19 pandemic – 2020 and 2021 – were not taken into account for analysis purposes by planners.

In Tamil Nadu, a death is reported in every fourth accident, and 25% of accidents turn fatal.

In terms of total accidents last year, Chennai and Coimbatore stand at the top positions with 3,642 accidents and contribute 5.45% to each accident. At the next level, Chengalpattu has 3,387 accidents (5.07%), Tirupur has 3,292 accidents (4.93%) and Salem has 3,174 accidents (4.75%).

In terms of deaths, Coimbatore ranks first with 1,040 people killed last year – 5.75% of the total 18,074 deaths. Chengalpattu district saw 912 people killed in road accidents (5.05% of total deaths), Madurai recorded 864 (4.80%), Tiruppur 861 (4.76%) and Salem 787 (4.35%).

An analytical report by the Special Task Force on Road Safety showed that compared to 2022, some districts recorded better performance in reducing road accidents, such as Perambalur, Salem, Dharmapuri, Thiruvallur and Chengalpattu by taking special initiatives. Tirupattur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Salem city and Nilgiris district showed a decline in the total number of accidents.

In terms of total incidents, Tirunelveli, Tiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai, Tambaram and Thoothukudi showed an increasing trend. In terms of fatal accidents, Ramanathapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Madurai city and Nilgiris emerged as the top five districts/cities.

In terms of deaths, the top five districts/cities are Kanyakumari, Cuddalore, Tiruvannamalai, Madurai City and Nilgiris.

In analyzing vehicle patterns, most of the victims are two-wheeler riders and pedestrians. It therefore calls for a focused approach from planning departments to consider safe routes for vulnerable road users. You should focus on the major contributing areas to reduce further road accidents in the state and have a better policy to protect motorcyclists and pedestrians.

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