Vehicle Occupant Statistics

Vehicle occupant fatalities by crash type and speed zone

In 2015, 179 drivers and passengers lost their lives, representing 71% of the total number of people who lost their lives. Of these:

51% of drivers and passengers lost their lives in single vehicle crashes, with 70% of those occurring on roads with a speed zone of 100+ km/h.

Vehicle occupant fatalities by crash type and speed zone

Vehicle occupant statistics graph

Crash types are divided into seven categories:

Single vehicle diagramSingle vehicle crashes are crashes (includes on path crashes) where only one vehicle is involved, and hits a tree, telephone pole or other object, where the motorcyclist loses control and runs off the road, or is thrown from the motorcycle and hits the road surface.
Diagram of vehicles from adjacent directions

Vehicles from adjacent directions includes crashes between vehicles at intersections where one or both vehicles are turning, and cross traffic where vehicles approach each other from an angle.

Diagram of head on crashes map

Head on crashes includes crashes where two vehicles strike from opposing directions.

Diagram of vehicles manoeuvring and overtaking

Manoeuvring/overtaking crashes include u-turns, parking crashes, and vehicles emerging from driveways or footpaths, and crashes where vehicles spin out of control, pull out and hit an oncoming vehicle, hit the front or rear end of the vehicle they're overtaking.

Diagram of vehicles from opposing directions

Vehicles from opposing directions crashes are similar to head-on crashes, except in this instance one or both vehicles are turning at an intersection.

Diagram of same direciton crashes

Same direction crashes include crashes where vehicles are changing lanes, rear end crashes, and side swipes.

Miscellaneous crashes include crashes where a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, train or tram, or where an object or person falls from a vehicle.