Report shows half of road accident casualties in Mumbai in 2018 were pedestrians

In the meantime, in 2018, the number of road crash fatalities in Mumbai witnessed a sharp decline of 22 per cent since 2015

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In a shocking revelation, it was learnt that half of road accident casualties in Mumbai in 2018 were pedestrians. According to the Mumbai Road Safety Annual Report 2018, almost 500 people lost their lives in "preventable" road mishaps in Mumbai in 2018. Out of these, half of the casualties were pedestrians.

Meanwhile, amongst close to 500 victims, men between the ages of 20-29 years formed the majority. The report further revealed that in 2018, the number of road crash fatalities in Mumbai witnessed a sharp decline of 22 per cent since 2015.

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The data compiled by the Mumbai Traffic Control Branch and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), revealed that the most number deaths were reported from Mumbai's eastern region followed by the central region.

However, a silver lining was that the casualties had dropped as compared to 2015, i.e. the casualties incurred on Western Express Highway had dipped from 75 in 2017 to 52 in 2018. Similarly, the number of road crash deaths reported on the Eastern Express Highway fell from 53 in 2017 to 34 in 2018.

As it revealed that the pedestrians accounted for 51 per cent of road-related deaths in 2018, the report also mentioned that these casualties were caused by car, van and motorcycle drivers. Sadly, despite a dip in the number of road crash deaths, Eastern Express Highway and Western Express Highway still are the highest risk location in India's economic capital.

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