The total number of road accidents came down past year when compared to 2015 by 4.14% .
Gadkari said the government had taken several measures to bring down fatalities due to road accidents including improvement in road engineering and vehicle safety standards, apart from creating awareness among drivers as well as public. However, fatalities resulting from these accidents have risen by about 3.2 per cent during the same period.
With 11312 injuries this year, Odisha features among the top 13 states in the country in the category.
It said: "The number of road accidents relative to population, registered vehicles and road length are on a general declining trend from 2010". With 1,591 road fatalities, Delhi occupied the pole position, while with 1,183 deaths Chennai came second among the million plus cities in the country.
At least 1,591 people died in road accidents in Delhi a year ago, the highest among million-plus population cities in the country, an official report said on Wednesday.
The number of persons injured in road accidents declined marginally to 4,94,624 in 2016 from 5,00,279 in 2015.
The official figures revealed for the first time that drivers who were minors (younger than 18 years of age) were involved in 4% of the total accidents and 3.5% of the fatal accidents. Karnataka, with 44,403 accidents, contributed to 11 per cent of the total accidents in the country. These are UP, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, MP, AP, Gujarat, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana and Bihar. Gadkari added that he had also instructed states with higher number of accidents to conduct a detailed study to ascertain the reasons and measures for rectification.
The State Highways accounted for 25.3 per cent of total accidents and 27.9 per cent of the total number of persons killed in road accident in 2016.
The report shows that two wheelers accounted for the highest share in total number of road accidents (33.8 per cent), followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6 per cent), trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (21.0 per cent), buses (7.8 per cent), auto-rickshaws (6.5 per cent) and other motor vehicles (2.8 per cent).
As per the report, non-wearing of helmets by two-wheelers caused 10,135 deaths (6.7 per cent of the fatalities) in 2016.
Two wheelers cause the maximum accidents.