Car accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence in India, often resulting from impatient drivers. A recent CCTV footage captured a collision between a Hyundai Creta and a Kia Seltos at a junction, shedding light on how impatience can lead to accidents.
The CCTV footage, recorded in Thane, Maharashtra, reveals a relatively empty road. In the video, a Kia Seltos decelerates to make a turn and immediately proceeds without coming to a complete stop. In a split second, a Hyundai Creta approaches the same junction and collides with the side of the Seltos.
The impact causes the Kia Seltos to spin around, but fortunately, both drivers and passengers emerge unharmed from the accident. Nonetheless, this incident raises important questions regarding fault and the need for patience.
Upon analysis, it appears that the Kia Seltos driver misjudged the distance of the Hyundai Creta or assumed that the Creta would slow down further, allowing for a smooth passage. On the other hand, the Hyundai Creta driver maintained their speed without slowing down, contributing to the crash.
Slow down on junctions
In India, the concept of right-of-way is often disregarded, making it crucial to exercise caution and reduce speed when approaching intersections to prioritize road safety. Similarly, when travelling on highways, it is advisable to slow down while passing through populated areas such as towns and villages. Despite the presence of designated pedestrian crossings, many individuals choose to cross the highway haphazardly in an attempt to save time. Additionally, encountering stray animals and cattle in these areas is quite common.
Maintaining a safe speed on highways is of utmost importance, considering the frequent occurrence of locals riding on the wrong side of the road, particularly near settlements or urban areas along the highways.
According to studies, major accidents tend to occur primarily in larger metropolitan cities. Topping the list is New Delhi, followed by Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad. New Delhi has the highest accident rate at 20.3%, while Mumbai closely follows in second place with an accident rate of 18.8%. It is worth noting that Delhi has a car density of 108 cars per kilometer, which is nearly five times lower than Mumbai’s car density. Surprisingly, the least accident-prone metropolitan city is Bengaluru, often criticized for its persistent traffic jams.
In addition to common causes such as irresponsible driving behaviors like rash driving, over-speeding, talking on the phone while driving, and driving on the wrong side, a new factor has emerged contributing to accidents. Recently, the presence of stray animals on the roads has become a significant cause of accidents, with dogs and cows being the primary culprits. These unexpected obstructions have led to a notable increase in accidents.