POTHOLE ACCIDENTS: An Inconspicuous pothole in the way of Right to Life

Author: Kapil Devnani, Student, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, India



A simple looking pothole has the potential to become evil for many. It has the capability of taking many lives. In India, thousands of people die every year due to potholes and it is one of the biggest causes of deaths in case of accidents. The number of deaths caused due to potholes in our country is way more in comparison to various other grave crimes including terrorism. An unvarnished pothole has the potential to destroy the lives of many happy living families. So, this paper tries to introduce this grave problem. It is an initiative to explain everything related to pothole deaths in our country. It deals with all the stats available on the matter and also tries to explain the causes of these pothole deaths in detail. This paper also talks about the legal aspect of the matter and tries to touch all the legislation related to the matter. The main focus of this work is on the victims of these pothole accidents and provides an analytical study of all the problems faced by them in getting justice. It also provides information about some of the recent cases of pothole deaths. And in last, it suggests various initiatives which the Government can adopt in order to curb this increase in pothole deaths in our country. So, in short, this piece provides an overall analysis of all the aspects related to pothole deaths in India.

Keywords: Pothole, Negligence, Culpable Homicide not amounting to murder, Strict Liability


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