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India has the highest mortality caused by traffic in the world.

In India, 52 people died every hour in several accidents in 2014, the leading causes of accidental deaths in India are – car accident, drowning, poisoning and accidental fire. India has the highest mortality caused by traffic in the world.

Traffic accidents are among the three leading causes of death for people between 5 and 44 years old.

Unless immediate and effective measures are taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death worldwide, resulting in an estimated 24 lakh deaths each year.

road injuries and deaths cause a huge economic cost of up to 1.5% of gross national product (GNP) in low- and middle-income countries. The figure for India is about 3% of GDP.

According to the statistics cited in the report of action for road safety, each year about 16 lakh people die worldwide as a result of a road traffic collision- more than 3,000 deaths per day and more half of these people are not traveling in a car.

About 2 to 5 crore more people suffer non-fatal injuries from a collision, and these injuries are a major cause of disability worldwide. Ninety percent of traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which claim less than half of the fleet of vehicles registered in the world.

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