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released: 1 Apr 2011 author: AIHW NISU Henley G, Harrison J media release

This report presents trends of serious non-fatal injury due to land transport accidents in Australia over the period 2000-01 to 2007-08 with a focus on road vehicle traffic crashes. Over the 8-year period, age-standardised rates for persons seriously injured due to a road traffic crash increased from 138.4 to 153.4 per 100,000 population. Over one-quarter (28%) of those seriously injured due to a road traffic crash sustained life-threatening injuries. Drivers of motor vehicles, motor cyclists and pedal cyclists all recorded significant increases in age-standardised rates of life-threatening injury over this period. For males aged 45-64 years, the combined total of high threat to life injuries due to motorcycle and pedal cycle road traffic crashes as a percentage of all high threat to life injuries due to road traffic crashes rose from almost 30% in 2000-01 to 50% in 2007-08.

ISSN 1444-3791; ISBN 978-1-74249-134-9; Cat. no. INJCAT 132; 100pp.; Internet Only

Publication

More recent data and trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents are available in Trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2000-01 to 2008-091

Publication table of contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Summary
  • Trends in serious injury due to road traffic crashes
  • Trends in life-threatening injury due to road traffic crashes
  • 1 Overview
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Trends in serious injury due to all land transport
  • 2 Trends in serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, 2000–01 to 2007–08
  • 2.1 Overview
  • 2.2 State and territory of usual residence
  • 3 Trends in high threat to life injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, 2000–01 to 2007–08
  • 3.1 Road user groups
  • 3.2 Rates based on number of registered vehicles
  • 3.3 Remoteness of residence
  • 3.4 Age and sex
  • 3.4.1 Overview
  • 3.4.2 Motor vehicle occupants
  • 3.4.3 Motorcyclists
  • 3.4.4 Pedal cyclists
  • 3.4.5 Pedestrians
  • 3.5 Heavy transport vehicles and buses
  • 4 Trends in high threat to life injury due to land transport accidents not specified
  • as traffic accidents, 2000–01 to 2007–08
  • 4.1 Overview
  • 4.2 Non-traffic
  • 5 Trends in high threat to life injury when comparing traffic and non-traffic
  • accidents, 2000–01 to 2007–08
  • Appendix 1: Tables corresponding to figures in main body of report
  • Appendix 2: Trends in fatal injury due to road traffic crashes, 2000–01 to 2007–08
  • Appendix 3: Data issues
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures 

Notes and corrections

  1. [24 July 2012]. This report contains errors as the wrong variable was used to flag cases as “high threat to life” (HTTL) injuries. The effect of this was to over-include cases, inflating counts of HTTL injuries by 9.0% overall. The overestimate varied by year from 8.1% to 11.1%. The error inflates most values in the report. The main purpose of the report is to present trends. Fortunately the over-inclusion had very little effect on trends. None of the conclusions drawn in the report on trends requires change due to this error.  

    Almost all of the tables and figures in INJCAT 132 have been superseded by equivalent tables and figures in the latest edition Trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2000-01 to 2008-09.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2000-01 to 2007-08. Injury research and statistics series no. 56. Cat. no. INJCAT 132. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 29 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418595>.