Road Trauma Involving Heavy Vehicles—Annual Summaries

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

Publication Subject(s):

Department ID:
May 2015/INFRA2512

ISSN:
2205-0256

Release Date:
May 2015

This bulletin contains annual summaries and current counts of Australian fatal road crashes involving heavy vehicles.

2014 : At a glance

  • 220 people were killed in crashes involving heavy vehicles in 2014. Over half (114 people, 51 per cent) were killed in crashes involving articulated trucks, 88 people (39 per cent) were killed in crashes involving heavy rigid trucks and 20 people (9 per cent) were killed in crashes involving buses.
  • Over the last decade, annual deaths from crashes involving heavy vehicles (articulated truck, heavy rigid truck or bus) decreased by 20.3 per cent, from 276 in 2005 to 220 in 2014. The estimated trend over the decade is a reduction of 3.2 per cent per year.
  • In 2014, the number of fatal crashes increased for all categories of heavy vehicles compared to 2013. Over the last three years, counts of fatal crashes have reduced for all heavy vehicle types.
  • The number of crashes involving articulated trucks decreased by 24.2 per cent over the decade (an average estimated trend of -4.1 per cent per year). Counts of crashes involving heavy rigid trucks decreased by 2.6 per cent over the decade (with a flat or very slightly reducing trend).
  • Vehicle occupants (driver or passenger) account for 74.2 per cent of fatalities from crashes involving a heavy vehicle. The remainder are pedestrians (13.9 per cent), motorcyclists (8.1 per cent) and pedal cyclists (3.1 per cent). Of the occupant deaths, 73.8 per cent are light vehicle occupants.
  • Approximately 1,550 people are hospitalised from crashes involving heavy vehicles per year. Over the last eight years there appears to be a slight increasing trend.

Fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles, Australia, moving annual total with trend