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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 2020

  Number  Change from June 2019
Driver  3,151 -607 (-16%)
Passenger 1,151 -211 (-15%)
Motorcyclist  2,334 -281 (-11%)
Pedestrian  859 -197 (-19%)
Cyclist  1,964 -5 (0)
Other   461 -282 (-38%)
Total  9,920 -1,583 (-14%)

Table 1 shows drivers saw the biggest drop in the number of serious injuries. Serious injuries in pedestrians (and other) fell the most as a percentage.

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

  Number
June 2020 (2019)
Male  6,675  67.3% (65.3%)
Female
 3,245  32.7% (34.7%)
Total
9,920  

Table 2 shows almost a slight increase 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 2020

Age group  Number  Change from June 2019
Under 16
918 +73 (+8.6%)
17-25 1,883 -311 (-14.2%)
26-49
3,500 -612 (-14.9%)
50-69 2,280 -421 (-15.6%)
Over 70 1,333 -295 (-18.1%)
Total  9,920 (-1.583) (-13.8%)

Table 3 shows under 16s had the only increase in serious injuries and 26-49 year olds saw the biggest drop. 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 2020

  Number  Change from 3yr average
Driver  146 -14.0%
Passenger 40 -39.7%
Pedestrian 48 -14.3%
Motorcyclist 49  -18.8%
Cyclist  14 +35.5% (from 10 to 14)
Total  297  -18.2%

Table 4 shows passenger deaths reduced the most and all death rates fell, except for cyclists (up from 10 to 14 deaths).

Table 5 – Deaths by gender, year ending December 2020

  Number December 2020 (3-year average)
Male  220 74.1% (74.4%)
Female
 77  25.9% (25.6%)
Total
297  

Table 5 shows nearly 3 out of 4 deaths in NSW were men – slightly less than the 3-year average ratio.

Table 6 – Deaths by age group, year ending December 2020

Age group  Number  Change from 3yr average
Under 16
15 +14.0%
17-25 55 -24.3%
26-49
114 -2.2%
50-69 61 -30.2%
Over 70 52 -29.1%
Total  297 -18.2%

Table 6 shows all death rates fell in NSW, especially in people over 50 and 17-25s.

General comments

  • Deaths per 100,000 population are trending down: 3.64 at December 2020 (4.35 in 2019, 4.6 in 2018, 4.94 in 2017)
  • Serious injuries are trending down: down 14% at June 2020 (-7% in 2019, -9% in 2018)
  • Tragically, cyclists saw the only increase in deaths and under 16s the only increase in serious injuries
  • Men made 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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