Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
, 14 (6), 354-9

Incidence and Burden of Road Traffic Injuries in Urban India


Incidence and Burden of Road Traffic Injuries in Urban India

R Dandona et al. Inj Prev.


Background: The scale of road traffic injuries (RTIs) in India is uncertain because of limitations in the availability and reliability of incidence data.

Objective: To report these data for Hyderabad city in southern India.

Methods: In a cross-sectional population-based survey, 10 459 participants aged 5-49 years (94.3% participation), selected using three-stage systematic cluster sampling, were interviewed. Participants recalled RTIs in the preceding 3 months and RTI-related death and disability in the household in the preceding 3 years. RTI was defined as an injury resulting from a road traffic crash irrespective of the severity.

Results: The age/sex-adjusted annual incidence of non-fatal RTI requiring a recovery period of < or =7, 8-29, and > or =30 days was 13% (95% CI 12.6% to 13.4%), 5.8% (95% CI 5.5% to 6.0%), and 1.2% (95% CI 1.1% to 1.4%), respectively. The overall adjusted rate for non-fatal RTI was 20.7% (95% CI 20.0% to 21.3%). The relative risk of RTI requiring a recovery period of >7 days was significantly higher in the third per capita monthly income quartile (1.24 (95% CI 1.12 to 1.37); p<0.05). The incidence of non-fatal RTI was highest in pedestrians, motorized two-wheeled vehicle users, and cyclists: 6.4, 6.3, and 5.1/100 persons/year, respectively. Annual RTI mortality and disability rates were 38.2 (95% CI 17.5 to 58.8) and 35.1 (95% CI 12.4 to 57.7) per 100,000 population, respectively.

Conclusions: There is a high burden of RTI in this urban population. With the recent attention focused on RTI by the Government of India, these findings may assist in planning appropriate initiatives to reduce the RTI burden.


Figure 1
Figure 1
Estimated annual non-fatal road traffic injury incidence rate per 100 persons based on three-month recall period for the different types of road users. Bars represent 95% confidence interval. MTV stands for motorised two-wheeled vehicle and includes moped, luna, scooter, scooterette and motorcycle; Motorised three-wheeled vehicle are commercial passenger vehicles and include auto-rickshaw and seven-seater; Others include bus, tempo, van, lorry and truck.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 18 PubMed Central articles

See all "Cited by" articles

Publication types