Hyderabad: On October 12, a speeding car rammed into a traffic junction leaving one person dead and six others injured at Choutuppal.

Due to the collision, one Activa caught fire while five other vehicles were damaged. The driver of the speeding car jumped the red light and rammed into the traffic junction.

This is not an isolated case. Around 533 people have died in road accidents till November this year in the Rachakonda Commissionarate area.

According to Rachakonda traffic police, around 50, the highest number of deaths, was reported in February followed by 67 in November and 62 in August.

Till November this year, 2047 road accidents were reported in Rachakonda commissionarate. Of which 499 were fatal while 1548 were non-fatal accidents. Around 1969 people got injured in these accidents.

In the month of January, a total of 274 accidents were reported. Of which 57 were fatal and 217 were non-fatal. Around 276 people got injured in these accidents.

The lowest number of 39 accidents was reported in April. Eleven people died and 35 people got injured in April. It is pertaining to note that in April, the country was under lockdown. In April 2019, 72 people lost their lives in 252 accidents.

In the corresponding period of 2019, a total of 2726 accidents were reported in which 670 people lost their lives. In 2018, around 2630 accidents were reported in which 660 people lost their lives.

This year, a total of 31 accident occurred at Outer Ring Road till November in which 15 people lost their lives and 30 others got injured.

Meanwhile, in Hyderabad Commissionarate area, around 226 deaths due to fatal accidents are recorded this year till November. The highest deaths, 26, were reported in Trimulgherry followed by 18 at Tolichowki and 15 at Nallakunta, Falaknuma, and Begumpet. The highest number of accidents occurred at Mirchowk (122) where around 133 people were injured and 10 died. In Falaknuma, a total of 115 accidents occurred where 121 people were injured.

The highest number of deaths due to accidents, 36, occurred in November followed by 29 in August. January and February each saw 24 deaths due to fatal accidents while April, when the lockdown was in place, witnessed the lowest number of fatalities, only six. In April 2019, around 21 people had lost their lives.

Last year, during the same period, 250 people had died in fatal road accidents.

From January to November 2020, 1,646 accidents took place in the city. The Hyderabad traffic police said the highest number of accidents occurred in the evening hours between 4 p.m-5 p.m and 7 p.m-8 p.m. In 11 months, 98 accidents occurred during these hours. Also, 93 accidents occurred between 5 p.m-6 p.m and 8 p.m-9 p.m while 88 accidents took place between 10 p.m-11 p.m.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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