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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The total cost on account of fatalities, injuries and vehicles damaged in the 41,306 road accidents that occurred in the State last year has been estimated at Rs. 453.78 crores, which is roughly 1.5 per cent of the State's GDP.
Deaths due to road accidents in the State have risen steeply over the years, with 3,066 persons getting killed and 51,352 getting injured during 2004. As per the road accident data compiled by the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (Natpac), Kerala has become the second most accident-prone State in the country. There were 50,917 vehicles damaged in 2004.
The total cost on account of road accidents, which was Rs. 316 crores in 1998, is going up five to six per cent annually, the Chief Project Coordinator of Natpac, Mahesh Chand, told The Hindu .
Despite the series of road safety measures and crackdown on erring motorists, the death due to road accidents have for the first time crossed the 3,000 mark in the State. The number of deaths was 2,905 in 2003, 2,792 in 2002, 2,674 in 2001 and 2,710 in 2000.
The analysis of the percentage of accident cost has revealed that 57 per cent was due to loss of production, 14 per cent due to medical expenses, 7 per cent due to administrative expenses of police and insurance companies, 6 per cent due to court related expenses and 16 per cent due to notional value for pain, grief and suffering of the victims. As much as 46 per cent of the accident cost was for fatal accidents, 31 per cent for grievous injuries, four for minor injuries and 19 per cent for property damage. Of the 41,306 accidents, 11,106 took place in the National Highway stretches passing through the State, 5,184 in State Highway and the remaining in other roads.
The Natpac chief project coordinator says the subsidy part of the treatment provided to accident victims in Government Hospitals, including Medical Colleges, should be billed to insurance companies.
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