About a year ago, I met someone pretty interesting. I think his story is one worth sharing.
He spent the last 8 years figuring out how to save Indians from roadside disasters after his nephew died in a roadside accident where good Samaritans didn’t step in.
At that time, India did not have forward thinking Good Samaritan laws.
This man spent 8 years…think about that… nearly a decade fighting to issue a hard-reset in one of the world’s most difficult bureaucracies. His name is Piyush Thewari. He’s the founder of SaveLife.
One of the World’s Addressable Problems: Indian Roadside Death Stats
- 1M+ people in India have lost their lives to road accidents in the last 10 years.
- 10% of total global road deaths occur here making India the leader in roadside deaths.
- In 2013 alone, almost 140,000 people were killed and close to 500,000 were seriously injured or permanently disabled
- 50%: Number of road crash victims who die of treatable injuries
- 74% of Bystanders are unlikely to assist a victim of serious injury
- 88% of Bystanders who are unlikely to assist a victim of serious injury, stated that they were reluctant to help for fear of legal hassles, including repeated police questioning and court appearances.
- 77% of Bystanders who are unlikely to assist injured victims also stated that hospitals unnecessarily detain Good Samaritans and refuse treatment if money is not paid for treatment.
If you want to read more about him, here it is: