While several road accidents owing to drink driving have come to the fore recently, Mumbai seems to be faring better than other cities, as recent data shows that most accidents in the city are not as severe as those in any other part of the country.
According to statistics compiled by the Union ministry of surface transport, Mumbai has an accident severity rate of just 2%, which is the lowest among 40 major cities in the county. This data was released at the transport minister’s conference on accident issues in Delhi on July 31. While 20 lakh vehicles ply in the city, around 350 of them are hit on streets every day.
The severity of road accidents is measured in terms of persons killed per 100 accidents.
officials say there could be several reasons as to why the ity has such a low accident severity rate.
“As compared to other cities in the state or country, Mumbai has better healthcare facilities, which can be accessed very quickly. Moreover, the quality of treatment is also better here than in other cities,” said VN More, transport commissioner of the state.
Fatal accidents take place on highways where vehicles ply with higher speeds, he added.
Of the 40 cities surveyed, Ludhiana has the dubious record of the highest accident severity rate at 66%. In 2011, 294 people died in 444 accidents in Ludhiana.
With 2007 fatal accidents, the national capital Delhi has an accident severity rate of 28%, much higher than Mumbai’s. It has ranked 27th in the list.
Pune and Nagpur, two tier cities in the state also have high severity rates. Pune, which come in at 25th has an accident severity rate of 25% while Nagpur is ranked 20th (19%).
Another transport department official suggested that the severe traffic on roads might have helped keep the number of fatal accidents low as congestion does not leave scope for people to speed.