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Social cost of road crashes and injuries 2020 update

Traffic accidents Road safety New Zealand

Road crashes impose intangible, financial and economic costs to society. These costs include reduced quality of life for survivors, reduced economic productivity, and medical and other resource costs. The Ministry of Transport updates the social cost of road crashes and injuries annually to allow comparison of the costs and benefits of any road safety actions in current dollars. This report provides estimates of average social costs after accounting for:

  • any inflationary effects that affect different cost components
  • any changes in the number of crashes by area and severity
  • any changes in the average number of injuries involved in a crash by area and severity
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