Road injury statistics

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Road injury statistics

Find statistics on injury claims for accidents that happened on the road.

  • 2021 injury costs
  • New and active claims in 2021
  • Claims and costs by year - 2015 to 2021
  • New road accident claims by region
  • New claims in 2021 by type of road accident
  • Claims by year, by type of road accident - 2015 to 2021
  • New claims by sex - 2015 to 2021
  • Caveats to this data
2021 injury costs
$423,150,667
The costs of all active claims in 2021 (to 30 September)

New claims

25,140
in 2021 (to 30 September)

Active claims

41,468
in 2021 (to 30 September)

Claims and costs by year

Year New claims Active claims Cost of active claims
2015 33,903 46,606 $400,195,828
2016 37,441 49,803 $436,987,183
2017 37,977 51,233 $464,883,760
2018 38,860 52,626 $502,939,445
2019 38,015 53,362 $541,835,547
2020 31,119 47,110 $551,250,628

2021 (to 30 September)

25,140 41,468 $423,150,667

By region

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By type of road accident

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Claims by year, by type of road accident

Year Car Motorcycle Pedestrian Cycling Bus Other (includes truck, ATV, and other vehicles)
2015 24,396 3,810 1,816 1,530 601 1,750
2016 27,041 3,909 1,947 1,538 693 2,313
2017 25,999 4,105 1,974 1,495 732 3,672
2018 26,400 4,329 2,111 1,474 790 3,756
2019 23,062 4,415 2,570 1,640 1,038 5,290
2020 17,799 3,867 2,290 1,576 813 4,774
2021 (to 30 September) 14,292 2,878 1,878 1,231 647 4,214

By sex

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More information

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'New' claims are counted in the calendar year they were lodged.

'Active' claims have had a payment made on them during that year. Active claims may have been lodged in a different calendar year and can be counted across multiple years.

'Costs' don't include payments made for acute treatment in public hospitals.

A client's age may differ between lodgement date and accident date.

'Region' is based on where the accident happened.

The data was extracted at a point in time and may change if re-run later.