The number of road fatalities per hour in India rose to 14 in 2008 from 13 in 2007, according to the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

Over 118,000 people died in road crashes in 2008, up by 40% from 84,430 in 2003, and 469,000 people had been injured.

The road accidents in 2008 also had the maximum share, 37.1%, of unnatural causes of accidental deaths in the country.

Trucks, lorries and two-wheelers were responsible over 40% of the deaths.

The report found the rush during afternoon and evening hours as the most fatal, and the period between 3pm-6pm as the most accident prone.

The rate of accident-deaths per thousand vehicles in 2008 was highest in the state of Arunachal Pradesh at 5.7, followed by 3.6 in the case of Sikkim state, according to The Times of India.