Centre for Road Safety

A serious injury in the context of road safety is defined as a person injured in a road crash who requires hospital admission.

By linking data from NSW Health, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), icare (Insurance & Care NSW) and the NSW Police Force, Transport for NSW has identified the number of serious injuries from crashes on NSW public roads.

Our interactive crash statistics provide evidence on serious injuries that was not previously available. It enables us to better research and analyse road trauma and target road safety initiatives to reduce serious injuries.

Our Serious Injuries in NSW, 2005 to 2015 (PDF, 3.8Mb) report has detailed information and explains our data linkage methodology. Over the eleven-year period from 2005 to 2015, there were more than 131,000 people seriously injured on NSW roads. Most of these (55 per cent) were matched to police reports.

The study found that many road-related serious injuries identified from hospital admission records were not reported to police or could not be linked to a police crash report. This group of serious injuries (those not matched to a police report) is under further research.

NSW Serious Injuries - Quarterly (PDF, 286Kb) has recent information on serious injury trends.

Serious injuries (all hospitalised injuries)

Serious injuries are those persons admitted to hospital because of injuries from a crash, who did not die within 30 days of the crash. Total serious injuries comprise both those matched to police reports, as well as those that could not be matched.

Serious injuries matched to police reports

A person identified in a police crash report who is matched to a hospital stay containing an injury diagnosis on the same day or day after the crash and did not die within 30 days; or linked to an icare (Insurance & Care NSW) participant record.

Serious injuries not matched to police reports

A person not matched to a police crash report but has been identified as having an injury on a public road for the hospital stay. This data has limited information and no crash details are available.