CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu topped the country in the number of deaths involving two-wheelers in 2021, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
According to NCRB, during 2021, two wheelers have accounted for maximum fatal road accidents (69,240 deaths), contributing 44.5% of total road accidental deaths in the country, followed by cars (23,531 deaths) (15.1%) and trucks/lorries (14,622 deaths) (9.4%).
Of this, 8259 deaths involving two-wheelers were reported in Tamil Nadu, the highest in the country followed by Uttar Pradesh with 7,429 deaths accounting for 11.9% and 10.3% of total deaths due to two wheelers.
The State also continued its notorious podium finish in the road accident fatalities in the country, ranking an unfortunate second in the total number of fatalities, recording 15,384 deaths in 2021.
Uttar Pradesh recorded the maximum number of deaths in road accidents in the country with 21,792 deaths, according to the NCRB data.
Tamil Nadu also reported large number of deaths in road accidents due to over- speeding, accounting for 13.1 % of overspeeding deaths in the country (11,419 out of 87,050 deaths).
Among cities, Chennai recorded the second highest number of fatal road accidents in the country- 998, accounting for 7.5 % of total deaths due to road accidents among the 53 mega cities considered by NCRB. New Delhi topped the chart with 1,172 deaths.
Most road accidents in the country were reported between 6pm and 9pm, accounting for 20.2% of total road accidents. During these hours, the majority of road accidents were reported in Tamil Nadu (14,415 cases) followed by Madhya Pradesh (9,798 cases) and Kerala (6,765 cases).