Nearly 350 people died on the roads in NSW last year, according to preliminary 2015 road toll figures from Centre of Road Safety.
Drinking and driving
- The number of drivers affected by alcohol in a fatal crash fell 22%, compared to the 2012-14 average.
- One age group saw the biggest drop in death rates: 21-25 year olds
- There were 26 deaths in 2015, compared to the average of 36 in 2012-14.
Men and women
- There are still more males dying on the roads, compared to females
- Out of 348 deaths on NSW roads, 240 were male and 108 were female
- This means men were more than twice as likely to die on the roads as women
- Female deaths were still 12.5% higher than the 2012-14 average.
- There were 324 fatal crashes in NSW in 2015
- Male drivers were involved in 78% of fatal crashes and female drivers in 22% of fatal crashes
- This means male drivers were involved in more than three times as many fatal crashes as female drivers.
Pedestrians and motorcyclists
- More pedestrians, passengers and motorcyclists died on NSW roads in 2015 than last year
- Of all road users, motorcyclists had the second highest number of deaths after vehicle drivers, up 12% on last year
- The highest increase in deaths was among pedestrians, up 48.7%, from 41 deaths in 2014 to 61 in 2015.
Metro v regions
- The number of fatalities in metro areas increased 18% over the 2012-14 average, from 102 to 120
- The number of fatalities in regional areas was 228
- This means nearly twice as many people lost their lives on regional roads than metropolitan roads.
If you have experienced a crash, not only your life but your insurance premium may be affected.
Some of the factors insurers consider when setting your greenslip price are:
- How many demerit points you have
- Whether any drivers had an accident in the last 2 years in which they were at fault
- Whether any drivers received a driving conviction or licence suspension in the last 5 years.
Find out more about how to get the cheapest greenslip.