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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 2021

  June 2021
June 2020
Change %
Driver  3,547  3,235 +10%
Passenger 1,186 1,192 -1%
Motorcyclist  2,441 2,459 -1%
Pedestrian  847 931 -9%
Cyclist  2,000 2,083 -4%
Other  391 552 -29%
Total  10,412 10,452 0%

Table 1 shows pedestrians had the biggest drop in serious injuries (apart from Other). Unfortunately, drivers suffered the only increase in serious injuries.

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

  June 2021
June 2020
Male  6,892 (66.2%)  7,024 (67.2%)
Female
 3,519 (33.8%)  3,428 (32.8%)
Total
10,412 10,452

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

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

Age group  June 2021
June 2020  Change %
Under 16
904 941 -4%
17-25 2,056 1,946 +6%
26-49
3,673 3,665 0%
50-69 2,446 2,446 0%
Over 70 1,324 1,448 -9%
Total  10,412 10,452 0%

Table 3 shows 17-25s had the only increase and over 70s saw the biggest drop in the number of serious injuries.

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

Table 4 – Deaths by road user, year ending April 2022

  April 2022
3-Year average
 Change %
Driver  147 148.7 -1%
Passenger 30 48.3 -38%
Motorcyclist 67 57.3 +17%
Pedestrian 37 50.3 -27%
Cyclist  9 12.3 -27%
Total  290 317  -9%

Table 4 shows a big increase in motorcyclist deaths while all other deaths reduced during the year.

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending April 2022

  April 2022
3-Year average
Male  224 (77.2%) 239.3 (75.5%)
Female
 66 (22.8%)  77.7 (24.5%)
Total
290 317

Table 5 shows more than 3 out of 4 deaths in NSW were men, higher than the 3-year average.

Table 6 – Deaths by age group, year ending April 2022

Age group  April 2022
3-Year average  Change %
Under 16
15 14.0 +7%
17-25 59 58.7 0%
26-49
92 109.3 -16%
50-69 73 73.0 0%
Over 70 51 62.0 -18%
Total  290 317.0 -9%

Table 6 shows death rates fell markedly from the 3-year average for 26-49s and over 70s.

General comments

  • Deaths per 100,000 population are slightly up: 3.54 at April 2022, compared to 3.3 at April 2021, but lower than 5.2 in April 2020.
  • Serious injuries per 100,000 population are trending down: 127.5 at June 2021, compared to 128.9 at March 2021, 136.0 in March 2013 and a peak of 150.2 in March 2014.
  • Total deaths fell during the year and there was little change in the number of serious injuries.
  • Men make up more than 3 in 4 of all deaths and 2 in 3 of all serious injuries.
  • More motorcyclists died during the year, and more drivers were seriously injured.

Sources

All information is taken from Transport for NSW:

 

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