Traffic accidents

Discussion paper

17 Oct 2018

This paper identifies elements within existing motor accident injury insurance schemes that may act as barriers to accessing compensation for personal injuries or death caused by an automated driving system. The paper discusses how these schemes, or alternative insurance models, could provide cover for injuries...


24 May 2018

This report examines the range of technologies available to manage heavy vehicle safety, and the potential of technology to make a greater contribution in the future.


An analysis of fatalities and traffic offences in New Zealand: final report
24 Apr 2018

This research looked at 200 fatal crashes where seat belts were not worn. It showed that 75% of victims were male and that young New Zealanders were over-represented.


19 Mar 2018

This report provides a compendium of knowledge on Safe System treatments and identifies real world experience in the practical application of solutions that can mitigate crash severity.


15 Mar 2018

This report discusses the context within which work health and safety and road traffic safety currently intersect, and the process followed during the preparation of a work health and safety guide.

Technical report

11 Dec 2017

Mixed use urban arterials account for a large proportion of high-severity crashes in Australia and New Zealand, particularly involving vulnerable road users. Austroads commissioned research to help identify solutions that might be applied on these arterial roads to improve safety through the provision of Safe...



6 Sep 2016

This report presents tabulations of road deaths and road death rates for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and Australian states and territories. The rates allow for a comparison of Australia's road safety performance with that of other OECD nations by accounting for...


4 Jul 2016

The project commenced with a literature review of national and international guides, publications and research papers, which also enabled the identification of knowledge gaps and areas where further detail was required. A crash analysis was undertaken to demonstrate the relationship between motorcycle crashes, travel period,...


11 Feb 2016


This report presents estimates of trends in the number and rate of persons seriously injured in Australia due to road vehicle traffic crashes. Serious injury is defined as cases where a person was admitted to hospital for an injury and was discharged...


30 Jun 2015

Examines sentencing in Victorian courts over the seven years to July 2013 for culpable driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, negligently causing serious injury (where driving related), and dangerous driving causing serious injury.

Journal article

1 Apr 2015


Background: Given the aging demographics of most developed countries, understanding the public health impact of mild/moderate road traffic crash injuries in older adults is important. We aimed to determine whether health outcomes (pain severity and quality of life measures) over 24 months...


5 Nov 2014

The Action Plan outlined in this document is intended to support the implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 (NRSS). It addresses key road safety challenges identified in a recent review of the strategy (NRSS Review) and details a range of priority national actions...


16 Aug 2014

Contains current counts and summaries of road crash deaths and fatal road crashes in Australia.


This month's key figures (July 2014)

There was a total of 90 road deaths during the month of July 2014. In comparison to the average...


1 Jan 2013

Background There are major gaps in contemporary knowledge regarding the burden and risk factors for road traffic injuries (RTI) in Pacific Island countries. Aim To investigate the epidemiology of RTI and the contribution of driver sleepiness to fourwheel motor vehicle crash injuries in Viti Levu,...


23 Aug 2012

Quad bikes are now the leading cause of preventable machinery-related death on Australian farms, with more deaths from quad bikes than tractors or any other farm-related machinery.

This paper provides a review of child deaths in quad bike incidents and recommendations to improve quad...


20 May 2011

On average four people die and 90 people are seriously injured on Australian roads every day. Most Australians have been personally affected by the trauma of a road crash and the cost to the community in terms of economic loss and personal suffering is enormous....

Discussion paper

8 Feb 2011

On average, four people are killed and 80 are seriously injured every day on Australia's roads. Almost everyone has, at some stage, been affected by a road crash.

Australian Transport Ministers have asked the heads of transport and roads agencies around the country to...



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