Its always curious to hear about an accident but the grim truth is that India leads the rest of the world (it has overtaken china since 2009) when it comes to the number of accidents per year. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the number of road accidents taking place annually has now passed the 1,35,000 mark (July 15 2012) – which works out to a chilling average of 15 accidents per hour every day. According to the Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Government of India) has furnished the data, highlighting not only the number of fatalities and casualties, but also the variation of the trend over time. Needless to say, the trend is alarming. The number of accidents is growing slowly but steadily, year after year. Trucks and two-wheelers are involved in more than 40% deaths, while the afternoon and evening rush hours constitute the period with the maximum rate of accidents. If the above figures weren’t gruesome enough, here’s worse news – the numbers mean an average of one road accident per minute, and one road accident death every four minutes, everyday. The NCRB states that a large majority of these incidents are caused by drunken driving. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also sketched out a list of causes for the accidents it records. These numbers, however, do not represent the entire picture. There are quite a few accidents that go unrecorded, most often because they do not take place in known accident-prone areas. Also, a number of people injured in road accidents succumb to their injuries a few days after the accident, and such deaths are not categorized as results of road accidents. These statistics are enough to set alarm bells ringing – it is time to stop saying “Something must be done”, rather, spread the attitude of “We must do something, We will do something” to make our roads safer, to abolish the dark cloud that seems to linger above our roads, growing darker every year. If we all work together, the day will not be far away when the sunlight breaks through the clouds and shines bright on our roads again.