Driving in India is 10X As Dangerous as the USA!
Buyer Behavior blog (Professor Ray Titus in Bangalore India), has a post "Driving in Bangalore/India," about how "accidents on Indian roads have now reached gargantuan proportions," with the following picture:
According to World Bank data, India had 20.3 traffic fatalities per 10,000 vehicles in 2003, which compares to only 1.86 traffic deaths in the U.S. per 10,000 vehicles according to these NCSA data (note the U.S. reports deaths per 100,000 vehicles as 18.59). Therefore, it is more than 10X more dangerous to drive in India than the U.S., measured by traffic deaths per 10,000 vehicles (see graph above).
Watch this amazing video of traffic somewhere in India at an unmarked intersection, and you'll get an idea of how insanely chaotic the traffic situation really is in India, with the crazy mix of cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, auto rickshaws, cows, pedestrians, dogs and even occasionally camels!
(Thanks to an anonymous comment that questioned my previous post, which was based on data from this website that incorrectly shows 185.8 deaths per 10,000 vehicles in the USA instead of 1.86, they must have studied "rainforest math.")