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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 December 2020

  Number  Change from December 2019
Driver  3,450 -128 (-4%)
Passenger 1,154 -194 (-14%)
Motorcyclist  2,520 -134 (-5%)
Pedestrian  911 -134 (-13%)
Cyclist  2,284 +437 (+24%)
Other   487 -126 (-21%)
Total  10,806 -279 (-3%)

Table 1 shows passengers saw the biggest drop in the number of and percentage of serious injuries. Cyclists saw the only increase in serious injuries.

Table 2 – Serious injuries by gender, year ending December 2020

  Number
December 2020 (2019)
Male  7,305  67.6% (65.3%)
Female
 3,501  32.4% (34.7%)
Total
10,806  

Table 2 shows an increase in the ratio of male to female. Men now make up just over two thirds of serious injuries.

Table 3 – Serious injuries by age group, year ending December 2020

Age group  Number  Change from December 2019
Under 16
1,009 +162 (+19.1%)
17-25 2,134 +70 (+3.4%)
26-49
3,773 -190 (-4.8%)
50-69 2,498 -98 (-3.8%)
Over 70 1,385 -214 (-13.4%)
Total  10,806 -279 (-3%)

Table 3 shows under 16s had the biggest increase and over 70s saw the biggest drop in number and percentage of 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 June 2021

  Number  Change from 3yr average
Driver  152 -6.7%
Passenger 36 -41.9%
Pedestrian 40 -31.4%
Motorcyclist 61  +7.0%
Cyclist  8 -36.8%
Total  297  -15.9%

Table 4 shows passenger deaths reduced the most and all death rates fell, except for motorcyclists (up from 57 to 61 deaths).

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending June 2021

  Number June 2021 (3-year average)
Male  222 74.7% (74.6%)
Female
 75  25.2% (25.4%)
Total
297  

Table 5 shows 3 out of 4 deaths in NSW were men, no change on the 3-year average ratio.

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

Age group  Number  Change from 3yr average
Under 16
19 +68.1%
17-25 82 -15.0%
26-49
104 -20.6%
50-69 68 -17.8%
Over 70 54 72 -25.0%
Total  297 353 -15.9%

Table 6 shows all death rates fell in NSW, except for under 16s.

General comments

  • Deaths per 100,000 population are trending down: 3.63 at June 2021 (as at December, 3.64 in 2020, 4.35 in 2019, 4.6 in 2018, 4.94 in 2017)
  • Serious injuries are trending down more slowly: down 3% at December 2020 (as at June, -14% in 2020, -7% in 2019, -9% in 2018)
  • Tragically, motorcyclists saw the only increase in deaths and cyclists the only increase in serious injuries
  • Men continued to make up 2 in 3 of all serious injuries and 3 in 4 of all deaths
  • There was good news overall for everyone on the roads.

Sources

All information is taken from Transport for NSW:

 

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