“Young people constitute a large part of the victims of accidents”

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A recent study by the Neurosurgery Department of the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) attributed most road accidents in general, and around the temple city of Tirupati in particular, to behavioral problems. from the driver.

The study was conducted by Assistant Professor G. Sriram under the guidance of VV Ramesh Chandra of Neurosurgery, where information was gathered from accident victims through questionnaires.

About 80% of crashes were attributed to driver behavior, including 25% who did not have a valid driver’s license. Driver behavior here could mean recklessness, lack of concern for safety, disregarding the rules, speeding, and driving while intoxicated.

“Half of them occur after dusk”

The study pointed out that young people between the ages of 15 and 35 constituted a large part of the victims. More than half of the accidents (54%) were observed after dusk, i.e. between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“The study found that two-thirds of accidents involved two-wheelers and only 2% of four-wheel accident victims wore seat belts. In addition, driving behavior did not change between literate and illiterate victims, ”observes Dr Sriram.

The hospital studied 404 cases taken from the Tirupati-Kadapa and Tirupati-Anantapur highways over a 15-month period, which included lockdown time which saw a drop in accidents.

The stretch of road between Tirupati and Renigunta has experienced the highest number of accidents. About 40% of crashes within city limits are caused by driving speed above 50 km / h, the study found.

The study is touted as the first of its kind to use Google Map coordinates to focus on accident-prone areas.

Focusing on the “severity of the accident”, the study only considered cases of accidents that left patients with head injuries on the scalp, skull, brain, etc. the underlying tissues and blood vessels of the head. The research paper, which was submitted for publication in the journal ‘Neurology India’, recommends that policymakers develop programs for accident prevention, acute care and rehabilitation.


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