Accident deaths: two-wheelers top the list
Thiruvananthapuram: Crime Records Bureau reports show that during the period from January to December 2016, 4287 commuters died in road accidents. Of this, 1474 deaths were reported in accidents involving two-wheelers.
Of the 39,420 accidents that occurred, 32,812 were two-wheeler accidents. Accidents involving cars and jeeps killed 914 people. 527 lost their lives in accidents caused by private buses and minibuses and another 168 in accidents caused by KSRTC buses. Autorickshaw accidents killed 251 people.
As many as 9209 accidents occurred on the National Highways. State Highways played venue to another 7135 and 23,076 accidents occurred on the other roads.
A total of 38,189 accidents occurred due to driver errors while 11 of them were due to mechanical issues with the vehicle. While the records show that merely 16 cases of drunken driving leading to accidents were registered, the police sources revealed that the real numbers must be much higher.
More often than not, the police seem to take a ' humanitarian' stand on the grounds that insurance claims will fall flat if the police record drunken driving as a cause.
Ernakulam recorded the maximum number of accidents at 6167, killing 536 people. Of this 5235 involved two-wheelers. 531 people lost their lives in 5415 accidents. 5229 accidents were those involving two wheelers. At Kozhikode, 330 people died in 2530 accidents involving two wheelers.