Cars were involved in the highest number of road accidents in Bengaluru last year, traffic police records show. Cars, taxis and jeeps were part of 1,473 (32%) of the 4,611 accidents reported in the city in 2018. They were followed by two-wheelers (1,337 cases), Tempo Travellers (482), trucks (392) and buses (360). Police figures show a majority of the accidents reported last year occurred on Mondays, and in the 3pm-6pm window. Cars have accounted for the highest number of accidents in three of the past four years. Around 15 lakh cars, 8,264 jeeps and 1.1 lakh cabs ply on city roads as against 54.5 lakh two-wheelers.
“Mainly pedestrians and two-wheeler riders pay the price for car drivers’ recklessness,” said additional commissioner of police (traffic) P Harishekaran. “Cabbies are also guilty of reckless driving. Incidences of traffic violations by them are increasing,” he added.
In 2018, 709 accidents occurred on Mondays, 705 on Wednesdays and 663 on Thursdays. However, the least number of accidents — 625 — occurred on Tuesdays. It has also been revealed that 3pm-6pm were the deadliest hours in the city, accounting for 768 accidents. They were followed by 6pm and 9pm, when 766 accidents reported, and noon and 3pm, when 720 accidents took place. The least accidents occurred between 1am and 6am (474) and 9pm and 12pm (536). Harishekaran said the highest number of accidents in the 3pm-6pm window can be explained by the fact that most officegoers would be in a hurry to get back home. “Motorists with poor night vision are also vulnerable to accidents during evenings, when the peak-hour traffic is heavier than in the mornings,” he added. Traffic police officials said heavy vehicle movement on Mondays, when many outstation vehicles enter the city, is the reason why the first working day of the week witnesses the highest number of accidents. Two-wheeler riders and pedestrians continue to be the most vulnerable to accidents. Traffic police said 317 two-wheeler riders and 276 pedestrians were killed on city roads in 2018. A total of 684 people were killed in road accidents last year. As many as 2,217 twowheeler riders and 1,217 pedestrians were injured.
The number of accidents in the city reduced from 5,064 in 2017 to 4,611 in 2018. However, fatal accidents rose from 609 to 661.