Road safety

Cover of Road Fatalities and Serious Injuries in Australia and New Zealand 2001-10
Road Fatalities and Serious Injuries in Australia and New Zealand 2001-10
  • Publication no: AP-R478-15
  • ISBN: 978-1-925294-10-1
  • Published: 4 March 2015

This report is part of a project to determine the crash rates on different road stereotypes. It provides an analysis of all injuries from road crashes occurring in all Australian jurisdictions and New Zealand over the period 2001-2010. It explains how the differences in definitions were reconciled and how the data were aggregated. The analyses focus on trends and time-related factors, vehicles, road users and road and road environment factors. Data are separated by severity; in line with Safe System principles, the report focuses on fatalities and serious injuries. Key differences between the different data systems, other limitations of the report, and the next steps in the project are discussed.

  • Summary
  • Contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Methodology
    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Data Requests and Checking
    • 2.3. Data Aggregation
  • 3. Results
    • 3.1. General Trends
      • 3.1.1. Trends of Crashes Across a Recent Ten-year Period: 2001–10
      • 3.1.2. Severity of Casualty Crashes by Jurisdiction: 2006–10
      • 3.1.3. Analysis of Casualties by Injury Type: 2006–10 Inclusive
      • 3.1.4. Crash Type
      • 3.1.5. Month of Crash
      • 3.1.6. Day of Week
      • 3.1.7. Time of Day
    • 3.2. Road Users and Vehicles
      • 3.2.1. Restraint Use
      • 3.2.2. Age Distribution
      • 3.2.3. Speed
      • 3.2.4. Alcohol
    • 3.3. Roads and Road Environment
      • 3.3.1. Horizontal Alignment
      • 3.3.2. Vertical Alignment
      • 3.3.3. Surface Type
      • 3.3.4. Road Surface Condition
      • 3.3.5. Light Conditions
      • 3.3.6. Weather Conditions
      • 3.3.7. Speed Limit
      • 3.3.8. Urban and Rural Environment
      • 3.3.9. Crash Location
      • 3.3.10. Traffic Control
  • 4. Discussion
    • 4.1. Key Findings
    • 4.2. Key Data Fields that Differ Between Jurisdictions
    • 4.3. Other Limitations
    • 4.4. Potential Applications
    • 4.5. Next Steps
  • References
  • Appendix A Data Definitions
  • A.1 Crash Severity
  • A.2 Urban and Rural Definitions
  • A.3 Crash Types
  • Appendix B Differences Between Jurisdictional and Hospital Injury Data
  • Appendix C Crash Data Checking Requirements
  • C.1 Crash Data Processing Checklist
  • C.2 Content and Structure of Australian Crash Databases
  • C.3 Accuracy and Completeness of Data
  • C.4 Checklist
  • C.4.1 Step 1: Requesting the Data
  • C.4.2 Step 2: Reading the Data
  • C.4.3 Step 3: Checking the Data
  • C.4.4 Step 4: Checks for Merging and Sub-setting Data