Road accidents: 964 people died, 12,555 injured in last year's monsoon in Kerala

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Startling statistics from the Kerala Police highlight the alarming number of road accidents that occurred during the past monsoon. According to the data from June to August 2022, a staggering 10,396 road accidents took place, resulting in the loss of 964 lives and leaving 12,555 individuals injured.

Comparing these figures to the previous years, the Covid seasons of 2020 and 2021 saw a decrease in vehicle accidents. In 2020, 555 accidents claimed the lives of 616 people, while 1,523 individuals sustained injuries. The following year, 6127 accidents led to 661 fatalities and left 7,220 people injured.

Adverse weather conditions, poor lighting, and road quality were identified as the primary culprits behind these incidents, accounting for 132 accidents in 2022 alone. Among these accidents, 27 people lost their lives, and 138 individuals suffered injuries.

The rising number of two-wheeler accidents is of particular concern. The year 2020 witnessed 11,831 two-wheeler accidents, resulting in 1,239 fatalities and 12,145 injuries. Similarly, in 2021, there were 13,574 accidents, claiming the lives of 1,390 people and injuring 15,531 individuals. In 2022, 17,756 accidents occurred, resulting in the death of 1,665 individuals and leaving 20,127 people injured.

The data calls for citizens to be more cautious in this year's monsoon.

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