India has the highest number of road accidents in the world. Road
accidents have earned India a dubious distinction, with over
135,000 deaths annually. The country has overtaken china and now
has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide. Every hour, 40
people under the age of 25 die in road accidents around the globe.
This is the second important cause of death for 5 to 29 years old.
In India death toll is 14 deaths per hour (2009) i.e. 4 deaths
/min. While trucks and two wheelers were responsible for over 40%
of deaths. Peak traffic during the afternoon and evening rush hour
is most dangerous time to be on roads. In victims dying within half
an hour of the accident, multiple injuries involving head; chest
and abdomen were common including fractures of skull associated
with lacerations of brain, liver and lungs. In victims surviving up
to one week, the incidence of subdural haematoma and herniation of
brain increased whereas incidence of lacerations of brain, liver,
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