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Interesting Statistics

Car crashes statistics –
Serious injuries and deaths by road user, gender and age group

Transport for NSW provides some interesting statistics on car crashes in NSW.

Table 1 – Serious injuries by road user, year ending Dec 2016

  Number  % Change from Dec 2015
Driver  4,439 +3%
Passenger 1,601 -3%
Motorcyclist  2,608 +5%
Pedestrian  1,076  -3%
Pedal cyclist  1,887  -5%
Other   520  -7%
Total  12,131  0%

Table 1 shows motorcyclists have seen the biggest increase and pedal cyclists the biggest decrease in serious injuries (after all other types).

Table 2 – Serious injuries by gender, year ending Dec 2016

  Number
 % Change from Dec 2015
Male  7,760  -1%
Female
 4,370  +2%

Table 2 shows serious injuries among females have increased twice as much as male injuries have dropped.

Table 3 – Serious injuries by age group, year ending Dec 2016

Age group  Number  Actual change from Dec 2015
Under 16
992 +1
17-25 2,479 -51
26-49
4,506 +35
50-69 2,762 +60
Over 70 1,386 -29
Total  12,131 +10
Unknown  6  

Table 3 shows an increase in serious injuries in nearly all age groups, except for 17-25 year olds and over 70s.

Table 4 – Deaths by road user, year ending Dec 2016

   Number  Actual change from Dec 2015
Driver  186 +31
Passenger 53 -7
Pedestrian  74 +13
Motorcyclist  66  -1
Pedal cyclist  5  -2
Other   0  0
Total  384  +34

Table 4 shows drivers and pedestrians have seen the biggest increase and passengers the biggest decrease in deaths.

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending Dec 2016

  Number
Ratio Dec 2016 (Dec 2015)
Male  287 75% (69%)
Female
 97  25% (31%)

Table 5 shows deaths among males are three times the rate of females but the percentage of female deaths has increased.

Table 6 – Deaths by age group, year ending Dec 2016

Age group  Number  Actual change from Dec 2015
Under 16
19 -1
17-25 78 +23
26-49
131 +50
50-69 86 +3
Over 70 70 -7
Total  38- +34

Table 6 shows the biggest increase in deaths of 26-49 year olds followed by 17-25 year olds.

Increases over 2016

  • More motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians, males and people aged 17-25 and 30-49 died on the roads
  • More deaths in country areas (41% of all deaths)
  • More crashes involving fatigue or illegal alcohol levels
  • More fatal crashes on roads with limits below 60kmh or 80kmh
  • More drivers 17-25 and 30-39 died
  • More drivers of light trucks and heavy rigid trucks were involved in fatal crashes.

Sources

All information is taken from Transport for NSW sources:

  • NSW road fatalities report 31 December 2016 (preliminary)
  • Quarterly bulletin of serious injury crash data quarter ending December 2016 (preliminary).

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