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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%
Passenger1,601
-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
17-252,479-51
26-49
4,506+35
50-692,762
+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
Passenger53
-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
17-2578+23
26-49
131+50
50-6986
+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.

Statistics that increased 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).