Crossing roads after the dusk are dangerous for the foot-traveler in Bengaluru. New research of pedestrian crashes in Bengaluru for the year 2018 has revealed that winter months and four hours between 6 pm and 10 pm every day are the most dangerous times to be a pedestrian on the city roads.
Trouble for pedestrians after the dusk
A report said that Bengaluru roads are victims of killing 276 people while walking beside the roads. As they get hit by the vehicles, a total of 232 were connected to “over-speeding and reckless driving”. In fact, two-wheelers were the major (35%) reason for all disastrous crashes walkers have suffered.
An awful 62% of the victims were killed while attempting to cross the road; another 25% died as they were walking on the roadside. The following terms are based on data produced by the traffic police about cases where a motor vehicle was involved. Though, there is no official record of injuries due to bad footpaths and roads alone.
The numbers of accidents have decreased
The most interesting verity found in this study was; both the figures for death and injury were noted to be the lowest as compared to the previous three years. The number of foot-travelers deaths in Bengaluru for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 was 338, 320, 284 and 276, respectively. The similar figures for injuries to pedestrians were also recorded in these years, which were 1254, 1292, 1346 and 1217.
One thing that is more engrossing about this research is that most pedestrians were affected in the winter months; December, January, February, and March.
Among the common dangerous roads in the city, Yelahanka reported the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the previous year, followed by KR Puram and Chikkajala. On the other side, Peenya was the location where the highest number of pedestrian injuries were reported, followed by KR Puram and Kamkshipalya. Hosur Road, Bellary Road, Mysore Road, Old Madras Road, and Outer Ring Road (ORR) saw a high number of pedestrian crashes.
Concern for senior citizens
Interestingly, the study also revealed that most of the victims who were hit by motor vehicles were senior citizens and those above 45 years of age. In total, 33% of all collisions involved victims aged 60 years and over. Next, was the age group of people aged between 45-59 that accounted for 28% of the victims.
The research also showed the type of motor-vehicles connected in hurting or killing pedestrians in 232 of the 274 cases. While 35% of these accidents involved two-wheelers, 26 % of them involved a car or four-wheelers hitting the pedestrian. Heavy vehicles like trucks and buses contributed to 24% of all crashes.