With the number of road accidents increasing by 8%, sadly, India still manages to occupy the #1 position in terms of road accidents each year worldwide, according to an published by The Times of India on March 22, 2017. It was further added that if the trend continues, 2.6 lakh deaths will be reported by 2030, of which, people aged between 15 and 29 would be the most vulnerable to mishaps. Another study revealed that over 1,37,000 people were killed in road accidents in 2013 alone, which is actually more than the number of people killed in all our wars put together. It is thus becoming mandatory to buy term insurance to deal with such uncertainties, assuring financial stability to your family in case of any unfortunate event.
Thinking of the most unwanted thing that can happen to a road user would be an accident. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to be learning from our mistakes. Even after being completely aware of the general rules and safety measures to adopt while using the road, it is our own lack of vigilance or errors that is causing these crashes. Use of mobile phones while driving, over speeding, jumping the red light, avoiding safety gear like seat belts and helmets, not driving in the lane and overtaking in the wrong manner are some of the many common behaviours of individuals that result in accidents. External factors like potholes on the roads, especially during rainy season, the other driver’s fault, insufficient lighting at night, stationary vehicles left on the road, illegal constructions and minors driving are also leading to accident-related deaths. Here’s a look at the major causes of road accidents in India.
Mixing Drinking and Driving
Studies show that for every increase of 0.05%in the blood alcohol concentration leads to the risk of road accident doubling, and driving in a drunken state most of the times proves fatal. Drunken driving incites humans to take risks. It is alright to celebrate an occasion with alcohol. However, it shouldn’t be mixed with driving, since it can turn a celebration into a misfortune. After consuming alcohol, the driver loses concentration, while vision and reaction time are hampered. The reaction time of the body decreases because the brain takes longer to process stimuli. There are many drugs and medicines that also affect the skills and concentration necessary for driving.
Mobile Phone Addiction
In today’s fast paced world, people avoid wasting a single minute, for which many of us don’t hesitate to answer a phone call while driving. This leads to reckless driving, becoming a potential reason for road accidents. When you are talking on your mobile phone, a major part of your brain is occupied in that conversations, while the smaller part is taking care of the driving. This reduces a driver’s reaction time and his ability to judge, causing crashes.
Desire to Leave Other Vehicles Behind
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