Kozhikode: Kerala has 'achieved a significant reduction in road accidents and fatalities in 2020', said the latest report of the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The state has achieved the maximum reduction in the number of accidents by 15.97 per cent followed by Tamil Nadu, UP and Maharashtra.
"The top 10 states that recorded the highest number of accidents and fatalities in 2020 were Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. However, these states reported accident severity rates lower than the all-India average. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have shown accident severity rates higher than the national average," reads the Road Accidents in India 2020 report.
Kerala recorded 11 deaths per 100 accidents in 2020 while the national average is 35. One reason for the decline in accidents could be the Covid lockdown, the report suggests.
In 2016, Kerala reported 39,420 accidents. In 2019, it recorded 41,111 cases and in 2020, the number slipped to 27,877, accounting for 7.6 per cent of the total accidents in India that year. Yet, its share in the fatality is just 2.3 per cent. However, the rank of the state in the number of accidents in the county jumped from four to five. Tamil Nadu witnessed the highest number of accidents.