Road Trauma Australia—Annual Summaries

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

Publication Subject(s):

Department ID:
July 2015/INFRA2550



Release Date:
July 2015

This annual bulletin contains calendar year counts of fatal road crashes and road crash deaths. It also includes rates of deaths per population, per registered vehicle and per vehicle-kilometre-travelled. Data are sourced from the road traffic or police authorities in each jurisdiction, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and BITRE.

2014 : At a glance

  • Over the last decade annual fatalities decreased by 28.9 per cent and annual fatalities per 100,000 population decreased by 39.0 per cent. The rate of annual deaths per 100,000 population in 2014 was 4.92 - the lowest calendar year figure on record.
  • Analysis by road user type shows that passenger deaths decreased at the fastest rate over the decade, with consistent reductions seen also for driver deaths and pedestrian deaths. Motorcyclist deaths have also fallen but at a slower rate. No decreasing trend was seen in pedal cyclist deaths.
  • Over the decade to 2014, counts for each type of fatal crash (single vehicle, multiple vehicle or pedestrian) declined by more than 25 per cent. Pedestrian crashes declined the most.
  • Over the decade to 2011, rates of annual hospitalised injuries per 100,000 population increased by 6.4 per cent to 152.6. This is 27 times the rate for fatalities.
  • Around half of all deaths are from either head-on or single vehicle run-off-road crashes.
  • In 2013, major cities accounted for 36 per cent of all fatal crashes - down from 40 per cent in 2008.

Bargraph with line showing annual counts of fatalities and annual rates per 100000 population