New Delhi: Rash driving has claimed over 200 lives in the national capital in 2018, the data released by traffic police said while revealing that there has been a sharp increase in the hit-and-run cases.

The data reveals that at least 236 people have been killed on Delhi roads due to rashly-driven private cars, whereas 773 people lost their lives due to hit-and-run. While in 65 per cent cases, the accidents happened due to the fault of the driver, speeding was the root cause in 24 per cent. 14 per cent accidents occurred due to dangerous driving.

Furthermore, the number of deaths by DTC buses have seen a dip in the national capital in the last year, while school buses have found to be involved in 10 deaths. The number of fatal accidents that involve public vehicles tempos etc. have also increased. On one hand, 95 such cases were reported in 2017 whereas 2018 witnessed 135 similar cases.

The study also claimed that in 2018, the cause of road accidents in 56 per cent cases was poor lighting while, in 39 per cent cases, it was due to potholes.

Recently, Delhi witnessed a series of fatal accidents on the newly inaugurated Signature Bridge. Within two days of it being thrown open to the public, two deaths students died after they fell from a height of 30 feet after their bike rammed into the divider. In another incident, a day after, a 24-year-old man was killed after his bike hit the divider on the bridge. His cousin was left injured in the incident. The Signature Bridge was inaugurated on November 4  by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.