About A Year Ago, I Met Someone Who Saved Millions of Lives

Kumar Thangudu

July 02, 2016

Piyush Tewari 

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.




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