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

Transport for NSW provides regular statistics on how people are affected by car crashes throughout NSW.

Table 1 – Serious injuries by road user, year ending June 2018

  Number  Change from June 2017
Driver  3,877 -588 (-13%)
Passenger 1,434 -217 (-13%)
Motorcyclist  2,452 -146 (-6%)
Pedestrian  1,020 -102 (-9%)
Cyclist  1,885 -47 (-2%)
Other   512 -60 (-10%)
Total  11,180 -1,160 (-9%)

Table 1 shows serious injuries in car crashes are down 9% and the biggest decrease is equally for drivers and passengers.

Table 2 – Serious injuries by gender, year ending June 2018

  Number (ratio)
 Ratio June 2017
Male  7,244 (64.8%)  63.9%
Female
 3,936 (35.2%)  36.1%
Total
11,180  

Table 2 shows a slightly higher percentage of males than last year but still around two thirds of serious injuries.

Table 3 – Serious injuries by age group, year ending June 2018

Age group  Number  Change from June 2017
Under 16
883 -111 (-11.2%)
17-25 2,297 -253 (-9.9%)
26-49
4,048 -383 (-8.6%)
50-69 2,512 -383 (-13.2%)
Over 70 1,434 -26 (-1.8%)
Total  11,180 (-1,160) (9.4%)

Table 3 shows the biggest decrease in serious injuries for people 50-69 and the smallest decrease in over 70s.

Note: The following statistics about road deaths are based on comparison with 2016-18 averages, rather than year end March 2018.

Table 4 – Deaths by road user, year ending March 2019

  Number  Change from 3yr average
Driver  180 +0.9%
Passenger 61 -7.6%
Pedestrian 58 -9.8%
Motorcyclist 62  -1.6%
Cyclist  9 +35.0% (up from 6.7 deaths)
Total  370  -2.2%

Table 4 shows drivers have seen a small increase and pedestrians the biggest decrease on the 2016-18 average.

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending March 2019

  Number Ratio % (3yr average)
Male  292 78.9% (71.3%)
Female
 78  21.1% (28.7%)
Total
370  

Table 5 shows males are dying at nearly four times the rate of females and female deaths are three quarters of the 2016-18 average.

Table 6 – Deaths by age group, year ending March 2019

Age group  Number  Change from 3yr average
Under 16
15 -15.3%
17-25 65 -14.9%
26-49
121 -0.8%
50-69 93 +5.7%
Over 70 76 +2.3%
Total  380 +0.4%

Table 6 shows the biggest decreases in deaths of under 25 year olds and an increase in deaths of 50-69 year olds, compared to 2016-18 average.

General comments

  • There were 4.6 deaths per 100,000 population in March 2019 (4.94 in 2017)
  • Deaths in all regions fell during the year except in Sydney
  • Serious injuries are down 9% on the previous year
  • People 50-69 saw the biggest increase in deaths and the biggest decrease in serious injuries
  • Men tragically made up 65% of seriously injured and 79% of deaths
  • There was better news for under 25s and pedestrians.

Sources

All information is taken from Transport for NSW:

 

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