Road Accidents: Data reveals Sundays are the deadliest for motorists

Accident stats reveal Sundays are the deadliest for motorists, Saturdays the safest

Sundays are a day of bloodshed on city’s roads. Of the 632 accidents (468 fatal and 164 self accidents) in 2020, 81 fatalities and 28 self-accidents occurred on Sundays. And the least number of accidents were recorded on Saturdays with 51 fatal and 20 self accidents. The figures from the last three years point to this — Sundays are the most dangerous days and Saturdays, the least.

Of the day, evenings are the unsafest as most accidents occurred between 6 pm and 9 pm. As many as 88 fatal accidents took place in those hours and 74 each between 3 pm and 6 pm and 9 pm and 12 am. As for self-accidents, the maximum were between 12 am and 6 am and 9 pm and 12 am. Police sources said that this happens as people tend to speed during the hours when traffic is low.

The accident stats throw up many surprises, one of which is that a majority of the accidents took place on straight roads (302 fatal and 126 self-accidents), while 40 took place at junctions of four roads, 53 at turns, 18 at speed-breakers and 29 at T-junctions.

The main roads in the city have been the gateway to accidents as 123 fatal accidents and 52 self-accidents were reported here. Arterial roads saw 117 fatalities and 54 self- accidents. There were 45 fatal and 20 self-accidents at ORR, at NICE Road, there were 19 fatal and five self-accidents. Flyovers had recorded 14 fatal and four self-accidents and national highways saw 98 fatal and 21 self-accidents. Data shows that there has been a considerable decrease in accidents at ORR, flyovers and NICE Road in 2020 as compared to the previous years.

Pedestrian deaths

Around 164 pedestrians have lost their lives in Benglauru in 2020 compared to 273 in 2019 and 285 in 2018. As many as 82 people lost their lives while crossing pedestrian crossings, 45 at non-pedestrian crossings, three while criss-crossing on the road, three while sleeping on footpaths and 29 while walking alongside the roads. Bengaluru footpaths are notorious as can be seen by the fact that around 52 pedestrian deaths in 2020 were caused by bikers, 17 by three-wheelers, 39 by four-wheelers, and 31 by heavy vehicles.


Fewer fatalities

2020 has been kinder to motorists as compared 2018 and 2019. The complete lockdown could be one of the reasons that fatalities were fewer in this year. Around 657 lives were lost in 632 accidents in 2020. In 2018, 870 accidents had taken place with 846 deaths and 832 deaths with 810 accidents in 2019. However, self accidents increased; 144 self in 2019 while there were 164 self accidents in 2020.

Bikers, bus accidents

Bikers seem to be the most accident-prone. As many as 164 of the fatalities were pedestrians, 200 of biker riders and 74 pillion-riders. There were fewer bus accidents in 2020 as compared to previous year. In 2020, there were 27 accidents involving BMTC buses as compared to 42 in 2019; eight KSRTC buses compared to 17 in 2019 and nine private buses.

Age is a bar

An age-wise analysis shows that the maximum number accused in the accidents are in the age group of 21-30 years (148 fatalities and 71 self accidents), while the age group of 31-40 years were involved in 47 accidents. Accidents involving minors is a concern. In 2020, there were 42 fatal accidents and 11 self-accidents involving those in the age group of 11-20 years and one fatal accident in up to 10 years.

Spot of death

The maximum number of deaths happened in hospitals (222), followed by on the way to hospitals (135) and on the spot (126). As many as 242 deaths happened in the first two hours.


Around 31 fatal accidents and 41 self-accidents involved riders not wearing helmets while 29 fatalities were of helmetless pillion riders. Speeding while taking turns is the major cause of accidents.

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Sagar Biswas

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