Road Statistics

WA road fatality statistics, including year to date comparisons, annual data, metropolitan and regional statistics.

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WA Road Fatalities Year to Date Comparisons

Please note these are preliminary figures and are subject to change. Regional and Metropolitan figures are based on regional boundaries defined by WA Police.

 


WA Annual Road Fatalities

Regional and Metropolitan figures are based on regional boundaries defined by WA Police.

 

(1) The annual fatalities statistics have been derived from WA Police data but the calculations have not been endorsed by WA Police.
(2) The information was sourced from the WA Police via the WA Police Traffic Enforcement and Crash Executive Information System.
(3) The information is provisional and may be subject to revision.


WA Annual Road Fatalities per 100,000 population


 Further Resources


Metropolitan and Regional Statistics (2016-2020)

Please note: The below figures are based on Main Roads WA regional boundaries and may not sum to the figures based on boundaries defined by WA Police in the tables above. For more information, please see our boundary comparison map (PDF 323kb).

    Metropolitan

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    Overview

    297 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 1,130 people were KSI in the metropolitan region in 2020
    • 5,926 people were KSI in the metropolitan region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 60 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 58% of people KSI were male
    • 22% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 17% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Friday
    • 24% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm and 5:59pm.

    Types of Crashes

    • 50% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred at intersections
    • 23% of people KSI were in right-angle crashes
    • 18% of people KSI were in rear end crashes
    • 14% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 31% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 60 km/h speed limit
    • 22% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviours

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 3% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Helmets were not worn by 12% of cyclists KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 13% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 4% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 7% of people KSI

    Map of Metropolitan Crashes

    Regional

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    Overview

    537 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 666 people were KSI in regional WA in 2020
    • 3,465 people were KSI in regional WA between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 108 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 65% of people KSI were male
    • 23% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old

    Types of Crashes

    Most of the fatal and serious crashes that occur in the regional areas of Western Australia involve only one vehicle which has either run off the road and/or collided with an object or rolled over.

    • 24% of people KSI were in a crash involving a single vehicle running off the road or rolling over
    • 36% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 56% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 12% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 11% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Helmets were not worn by 29% of cyclists KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 26% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 8% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 21% of people KSI

    Goldfields-Esperance

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    Overview

    39 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 58 people were KSI in the Goldfields-Esperance region in 2020
    • 261 people were KSI in the Goldfields-Esperance region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 96 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 68% of people KSI were male
    • 23% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 19% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Wednesday
    • 26% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm and 5:59pm

    Types of Crashes

    • 34% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 21% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 53% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 18% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 20% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 21% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 8% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 17% of people KSI

    Maps of Goldfields-Esperance Crashes

    Great Southern

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    Overview

    55 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads regional boundaries are used.

    • 48 people were KSI in the Great Southern region in 2020
    • 288 people were KSI in the Great Southern region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 92 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 64% of people KSI were male
    • 28% of people KSI were aged 30-49 years old
    • 24% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Saturday
    • 26% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm-5:59pm

    Types of Crashes

    • 20% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 42% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals).
    • 63% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 13% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 11% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 23% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 7% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 26% of KSI

    Maps of Great Southern Crashes

    Kimberley

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    Overview

    45 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads regional boundaries are used.

    • 54 people were KSI in the Kimberley region in 2020
    • 239 people were KSI in the Kimberley region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 132 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 59% of people KSI were male
    • 28% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 31% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Saturday
    • 19% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 9:00am-11:59am

    Types of Crashes

    • 43% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 23% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 60% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 18% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 30% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 26% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 7% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 23% of people KSI

    Maps of Kimberley Crashes

    Mid-West Gascoyne

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    Overview

    54 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads regional boundaries are used.

    • 78 people were KSI in the Mid West-Gascoyne region in 2020
    • 357 people were KSI in the Mid West-Gascoyne region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 114 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 62% of people KSI were male
    • 25% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 20% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Monday
    • 25% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 12pm and 2:59pm

    Types of Crashes

    • 33% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 29% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 62% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 15% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 14% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 25% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 8% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 17% of people KSI

    Maps of Mid West-Gascoyne Crashes

    Pilbara

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    Overview

    31 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 40 people were KSI in the Pilbara region in 2020
    • 227 people were KSI in the Pilbara region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 73 people KSI per 100,000 populations
    • 67% of people KSI were male
    • 26% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 21% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Wednesday
    • 24% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm and 5:59pm

    Types of Crashes

    • 33% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 23% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals).
    • 48% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 18% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 21% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 28% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 6% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 13% of people KSI

    Maps of Pilbara Crashes

    South West

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    Overview

    165 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 250 people were KSI in the South West region in 2020
    • 1,282 people were KSI in the South West region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 89 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 65% of people KSI were male
    • 23% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 18% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Saturday
    • 22% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm-5:59pm

    Types of Crashes

    • 16% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 37% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 41% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 12% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 6% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Helmets were not worn by 30% of cyclists KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 27% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 9% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 17% of people KSI

    Maps of South West Crashes

    Wheatbelt

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    Overview

    148 people died in reported crashes between the years 2016 and 2020.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2016-2020 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 138 people were KSI in the Wheatbelt region in 2020
    • 811 people were KSI in the Wheatbelt region between 2016 and 2020
    • There were 219 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 66% of people KSI were male
    • 21% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 19% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Friday
    • 22% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 12pm and 2:59pm

    Types of Crashes

    • 25% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 46% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 76% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 6% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 8% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 26% of people KSI
    • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 8% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 29% of people KSI

    Maps of Wheatbelt Crashes

    Page reviewed 9 September 2021