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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 March 2021

  March 2021
March 2020
Change %
Driver  3,389   3,546 -4%
Passenger 1,128 1,301 -13%
Motorcyclist  2,458 2,594 -5%
Pedestrian  850 1,049 -19%
Cyclist  2,302 1,821 +26%
Other  391 612 -36%
Total  10,518 10,923 -4%

Table 1 shows pedestrians had the biggest drop in serious injuries. Cyclists saw the only increase in serious injuries.

Table 2 – Serious injuries by gender, year ending March 2021

  March 2021
March 2020
Male  7,082 (67.3%)  7,171 (65.7%)
Female
 3,436 (32.7%)  3,752 (34.3%)
Total
10,518 10,923

Table 2 shows a small increase in the ratio of males to females. Men now make up just over two thirds of serious injuries.

Table 3 – Serious injuries by age group, year ending March 2021

Age group  March 2021
March 2020  Change %
Under 16
1,001 858 +17%
17-25 2,063 2,017 +2%
26-49
3,773 3,864 -2%
50-69 2,433 2,068 +18%
Over 70 1,329 1,610 -18%
Total  10,518 10,923 -4%

Table 3 shows 50-69s had the biggest increase and over 70s saw the biggest drop in number in serious injuries.

Note: The following statistics about road deaths are compared with the 3-year average, rather than the previous year.

Table 4 – Deaths by road user, year ending October 2021

  October 2021
3-Year average
 Change %
Driver  132 159.3 -17%
Passenger 34 54.7 -38%
Pedestrian 41 55.0 -25%
Motorcyclist 53 57.7  -8%
Cyclist  10 12.0 -17%
Total  270 338.7  -20%

Table 4 shows all deaths reduced during the year, particularly passenger deaths.

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending October 2021

  October 2021
October 2020
Male  202 (74.8%) 255.7 (75.5%)
Female
 68 (25.1%)  83.0 (24.5%)
Total
270 338.7

Table 5 shows 3 out of 4 deaths in NSW were men, only slightly below last year.

Table 6 – Deaths by age group, year ending October 2021

Age group  October 2021
3-Year average  Change %
Under 16
18 12.0 -1%
17-25 50 66.0 -24%
26-49
93 112.3 -17%
50-69 64 79.3 -19%
Over 70 45 69.0 -35%
Total  270 338.7 -20%

Table 6 shows all death rates fell markedly in NSW, especially for the over 70s.

General comments

  • Deaths per 100,000 population are trending down: 3.3 at October 2021 compared to 5.2 in October 2013
  • Serious injuries per 100,000 population are trending down: 128.9 at March 2021, compared to 136.0 in March 2013 and a peak of 150.2 in March 2014
  • Men continue to make up 2 in 3 of all serious injuries and 3 in 4 of all deaths
  • There were no increases in deaths and cyclists saw the only increase in serious injuries
  • This period had good news overall for everyone on the roads.

Sources

All information is taken from Transport for NSW:

 

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