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 (2017-2021)

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

291 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

  • 1,096 people were KSI in the metropolitan region in 2021
  • 5,787 people were KSI in the metropolitan region between 2017 and 2021
  • There were 58.3 people KSI per 100,000 population
  • 58% of people KSI were male
  • 62% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 20% were motorcyclists
  • 21% of people 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

Common crash circumstances

  • 51% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred at intersections
  • 24% 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 10% of cyclists KSI
  • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 14% of people KSI
  • Inattention was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 5% 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

    513 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 657 people were KSI in regional WA in 2021
    • 3,432 people were KSI in regional WA between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 107 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 77% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 16% were motorcyclists
    • 65% of people KSI were male
    • 22% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 51% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on the weekend (Friday-Sunday inclusive)
    • 21% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm and 5:59pm

    Common crash circumstances

    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.

    • 25% of people KSI were in a crash involving a single vehicle running off the road or rolling over
    • 35% 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 28% 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 9% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 20% of people KSI

    Goldfields-Esperance

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    Overview

    47 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 61 people were KSI in the Goldfields-Esperance region in 2021
    • 272 people were KSI in the Goldfields-Esperance region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 101.2 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 70% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 19% were motorcyclists
    • 71% of people KSI were male
    • 24% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 37% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Wednesday and Thursday combined
    • 25% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm and 5:59pm
    • 27% of all people KSI were in crashes that occurred in January and December combined

    Common crash circumstances

    • 36% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 19% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 50% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 17% 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 22% 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 15% of people KSI

    Maps of Goldfields-Esperance Crashes

    Great Southern

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    Overview

    49 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads regional boundaries are used.

    • 43 people were KSI in the Great Southern region in 2021
    • 261 people were KSI in the Great Southern region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 83.3 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 80% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 13% were motorcyclists
    • 66% of people KSI were male
    • 19% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 22% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Saturday
    • 20% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm-5:59pm

    Common crash circumstances

    • 23% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 44% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals).
    • 66% 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 8% 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 8% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 29% of KSI

    Maps of Great Southern Crashes

    Kimberley

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    Overview

    40 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads regional boundaries are used.

    • 66 people were KSI in the Kimberley region in 2020
    • 267 people were KSI in the Kimberley region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 148.3 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 79% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 12% were pedestrians
    • 58% of people KSI were male
    • 48% of people KSI were aged 20-39 years old
    • 13% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred in July and 13% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred in November
    • 27% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Saturday
    • 17% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm-5:59pm

    Common crash circumstances

    • 41% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 25% 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
    • 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 28% 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 22% of people KSI

    Maps of Kimberley Crashes

    Mid-West Gascoyne

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    Overview

    51 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads regional boundaries are used.

    • 67 people were KSI in the Mid West-Gascoyne region in 2021
    • 353 people were KSI in the Mid West-Gascoyne region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 114 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 75% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 17% were motorcyclists
    • 65% 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

    Common crash circumstances

    • 35% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 26% 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
    • 16% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 12% 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 9% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 16% of people KSI

    Maps of Mid West-Gascoyne Crashes

    Pilbara

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    Overview

    26 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 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 Pilbara region in 2021
    • 236 people were KSI in the Pilbara region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 75.8 people KSI per 100,000 populations
    • 72% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 17% were motorcyclists
    • 68% of people KSI were male
    • 45% of people KSI were aged 20-39 years old
    • 22% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a Saturday
    • 23% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm and 5:59pm

    Common crash circumstances

    • 31% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 28% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals).
    • 44% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 20% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit

    Behaviour Statistics

    • Seatbelts were not worn by 25% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Helmets were not worn by 24% of motorcyclists KSI
    • Speed was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 29% 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 14% of people KSI

    Maps of Pilbara Crashes

    South West

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    Overview

    161 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 196 people were KSI in the South West region in 2021
    • 1,234 people were KSI in the South West region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 84.9 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 72% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 20% were motorcyclists
    • 64% of people KSI were male
    • 22% of people KSI were aged 20-29 years old
    • 53% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred on a weekend (Friday to Sunday inclusive)
    • 22% of people KSI were in crashes that occurred between 3:00pm-5:59pm

    Common crash circumstances

    • 16% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 36% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 39% 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 5% of vehicle occupants KSI
    • Helmets were not worn by 28% 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 9% of people KSI
    • Fatigue was suspected to be a factor in the crashes of 18% of people KSI

    Maps of South West Crashes

    Wheatbelt

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    Overview

    139 people died in reported crashes between the years 2017 and 2021.

    The statistics on this page relate to the five-year period of 2017-2021 and are restricted to people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) unless otherwise stated. Main Roads WA regional boundaries are used.

    • 166 people were KSI in the Wheatbelt region in 2021
    • 809 people were KSI in the Wheatbelt region between 2017 and 2021
    • There were 219.1 people KSI per 100,000 population
    • 87% of people KSI were motor vehicle occupants and 11% were motorcyclists
    • 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

    Common crash circumstances

    • 26% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle ran off the road or rolled over
    • 44% of people KSI were in crashes where a single vehicle collided with an object (excluding animals)
    • 77% of people KSI were in crashes on roads with a 110 km/h speed limit
    • 5% 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 28% 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 26% of people KSI

    Maps of Wheatbelt Crashes

    Page reviewed 17 June 2022