Traffic Crash Injuries and Disabilities Report

Traffic Crash Injuries and Disabilities Report

Recently, the World Bank has published its report titled Traffic Crash Injuries and Disabilities : The Burden on Indian Society.

The report was released on 13thFebruary, 2021 by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

In this report the adverse effects of road accident on the poor have been mentioned.

This report also highlights the relationship between poverty, road accidents, and inequality in India.

According to the World Bank, road accidents have a disastrous and disproportionate effect on poor families. This can push the family into deep poverty.

Key Points:

  • This report states that India has only 1 percent of the world’s vehicles. But India accounts for 11% of global fatalities in road accidents.
  • The World Bank report states that road accident deaths among rural poor families account for 44%.
  • Whereas, road accident death among urban poor households is 6%.
  • This report further states that low-income families spend about seven months of their income on treatment after a road accident.
  • It also states, a high-income family spends less than a month’s salary on post-road care.
  • The report reveals that the socio-economic burden of road accidents is fully borne by poor families.

Source – Indian Express

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