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Interesting Statistics

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

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

Table 1 – Serious injuries by road user, year ending June 2019

  Number  Change from June 2018
Driver  3,593 -96 (-3%)
Passenger 1,289 -82 (-6%)
Motorcyclist  2,393 -155 (-6%)
Pedestrian  921 -128 (-12%)
Cyclist  1,757 -225 (-11%)
Other   494 -125 (-20%)
Total  10,447 -811 (-7%)

Table 1 shows cyclists, then motorcyclists, saw the biggest drop in the number of serious injuries. Pedestrians and cyclists saw the biggest percentage drops in serious injuries.

Table 2 – Serious injuries by gender, year ending June 2019

  Number
June 2019 (2018)
Male  6,866  65.7% (65.6%)
Female
 3,581  34.3% (34.4%)
Total
10,447  

Table 2 shows almost no change in the ratio of male to female. Men still make up two thirds of serious injuries.

Table 3 – Serious injuries by age group, year ending June 2019

Age group  Number  Change from June 2018
Under 16
809 -77 (-9%)
17-25 2,093 -132 (-6%)
26-49
3,752 -281 (-7%)
50-69 2,411 -186 (-7%)
Over 70 1,371 -141 (-9%)
Total  10.447 (-811) (-7%)

Table 3 shows 26-49 year olds then 50-69 year olds saw the biggest drop in the number of serious injuries. Under 16s and over 70s saw the biggest percentage drop in serious injuries.

Note: The following statistics about road deaths are based on comparison with 3-year averages, rather than previous year end.

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

  Number  Change from 3yr average
Driver  166 -5.5%
Passenger 59 -8.3%
Pedestrian 46 -28.9%
Motorcyclist 67  +11.7%
Cyclist  14 +90.9% (up from 7.3 deaths)
Total  352  -5.4%

Table 4 shows deaths have reduced for drivers, passengers and especially pedestrians. They have increased for motorcyclists and doubled for cyclists.

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending December 2019

  Number December 2019 (3-year average)
Male  275 78.1% (73.5%)
Female
 77  21.9% (26.5%)
Total
352  

Table 5 shows nearly 4 out of 5 deaths are men – 6% more than the 3-year average.

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

Age group  Number  Change from 3yr average
Under 16
10 -37.5%
17-25 61 -22.5%
26-49
116 -4.1%
50-69 90 +5.5%
Over 70 75 +5.6%
Total  352 -5.4%

Table 6 shows deaths among under-16s and 17-25s have particularly reduced. Meanwhile deaths of older people, 50-69 and over 70, have increased.

General comments

  • Deaths per 100,000 population are trending down – 4.35 at December 2019 (4.6 in 2018, 4.94 in 2017)
  • Serious injuries are trending down – down 7% at June 2019, down 9% at June 2018
  • People over 50 saw the biggest increase in deaths, which may explain the biggest decrease in serious injuries for that group
  • Men tragically made up 2 in 3 of all serious injuries and 4 in 5 of all deaths
  • There was good news overall for pedestrians and under 25s.

Sources

All information is taken from Transport for NSW:

 

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