A Perspective on Traffic-Related Fatalities in India and Scope for New Vehicle Crash Safety Tests

In India, total annual fatalities caused by road accidents number around 80,000, making road traffic safety a substantial concern. The author first compares India with a number of other countries in this context. Then, a comparison is made of Indian states using a new composite fatality index, which is introduced here. Fatality distribution due to road accidents is next reported in regard to Karnataka, a state of reasonable economy, population, and size. This is then followed with a study of the safety of road users in Bangalore, the largest city of Karnataka. Finally, the author points out that in countries like India, where full vehicle crash safety regulations are yet to be enforced, there is a scope for the introduction of new laboratory tests which are more cost effective and represent incompatible frontal collisions when compared to existing safety tests.


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  • Accession Number: 01148516
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2010 1:11PM