Road Trauma Involving Heavy Vehicles—Annual Summaries

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

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Department ID:
July 2016/INFRA2863


Release Date:
July 2016

This report presents counts and rates of fatal crashes, fatalities and hospitalised injuries from road traffic crashes in which one or more heavy vehicles were involved.

2015 : At a glance

  • In 2015, 211 people were killed in crashes involving heavy vehicles. Of this total, the proportion of persons killed in crashes which involved an articulated truck, heavy rigid truck or bus were 53.0 per cent, 37.2 per cent and 9.8 per cent respectively.
  • Over the last ten years, total annual deaths from crashes involving heavy vehicles decreased by 19.8 per cent. The estimated trend over the decade is a reduction of 3.2 per cent per year.
  • Vehicle occupants (driver or passenger) account for 73.0 per cent of fatalities from crashes involving a heavy vehicle. Of total vehicle occupant deaths, 24.1 per cent are heavy vehicle occupants.
  • Approximately 1,600 people are hospitalised from crashes involving heavy vehicles each year.
  • Over the last decade, heavy vehicle involved fatal crash rates per billion vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT) decreased in all three heavy vehicle categories.

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