ROAD SAFETY: Fatal Road Crash Data – Australian Road Deaths Database

I know a morbid subject, but all the same a useful resource for anyone interested in road safety or who wishes to substantive a submission or discussion on road safety in Australia.

The Australian Road Deaths Database provides basic details of road transport crash fatalities in Australia as reported by the police each month to the State and Territory road safety authorities.

Details provided in the database fall into two groups:

  • the circumstances of the crash, for example, date, location, crash type
  • some details regarding the persons killed, for example, age, gender and road user group.

The database is quite easy to work with but for those wanting more assistance a tutorial is available in PDF.

For a report on cyclists deaths due to road accidents please click here [PDF]. The report:

The report gives an overview of the circumstances of road crashes in which cyclists died in the period 1991 to 2005 and provides more detail for 1996 to 2004, the latest period for which detailed data were available. It examines the incidence of helmet wearing among cyclist deaths, the major factors in fatal crashes involving cyclists and the main crash types. Age and gender distributions, day of week, time of day and speed limit at the crash site are also examined.

I have also come across recently a report titled,  Serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2006–07. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it can be found here if you are interested.

In addition to the Database, Road deaths Australia monthly bulletin is now published by the BITRE and can be found on their website.


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