Road traffic accidents involving personal injury

Updated: 14 November 2023

Next update: 15 December 2023

Persons killed in road traffic accidents
Persons killed in road traffic accidents
October 2023
14
Persons killed or seriously injured
Persons killed or seriously injured1
October 20232022Average last 5 years
KilledKilledSeverely injuredKilledSeverely injured
Total14116578101588
Males108636277385
Females43021624204
Group of road user
Drivers of car84520448195
Passengers of car419941382
Drivers and passengers on motorcycle and moped02112918144
Cyclists , pedestrians and persons sledging21812117139
Others01330527
Age
0-15 years2220223
16-24 years1179918111
25-44 years52214222144
45-64 years23719132189
65 years or older43812628121
Unknown age00000
1Severely injured are total number of seriously injured and very seriously injured.
Explanation of symbols

Selected tables and charts from this statistics

  • Persons killed, by age. Month
    Persons killed, by age. Month
    October 2023
    Killed
    Both sexesMalesFemales
    Total14104
    0-5 years000
    6-15 years211
    16-17 years000
    18-19 years000
    20-24 years101
    25-34 years220
    35-44 years321
    45-54 years110
    55-64 years110
    65-74 years220
    75-84 years211
    85 years or older000
    Unknown age000
    Explanation of symbols
  • Persons killed by group of road user. Month
    Persons killed by group of road user. Month
    October 2023
    Killed
    Both sexesMalesFemales
    Total14104
    Drivers of car880
    Passengers of car413
    Drivers and passengers on motorcycle and moped000
    Cyclists110
    Pedestrians101
    Persons sledging000
    Others000
    Explanation of symbols
  • Type of accident. Month
    Type of accident. Month
    October 2023
    Killed
    Fatal accidentsBoth sexesMalesFemales
    Type of accident total1114104
    Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction0000
    Head-on accidents4642
    Turning, crossing directions of travel2220
    Pedestrian accidents1101
    Single vehicle accidents4541
    Other accidents0000
    Explanation of symbols
  • Killed or injured, by age. Year
    Killed or injured, by age. Year1
    2022
    KilledAll injuredSeverely injured
    TotalMalesFemalesTotalMalesFemalesTotalMalesFemales
    Age
    Total11686304 4852 6871 798578362216
    0-5 years000291613202
    6-15 years2112181219718135
    16-17 years110361233128352213
    18-19 years64235221913330255
    20-24 years1073481290191342014
    25-34 years15114688431257836122
    35-44 years761568333235594217
    45-54 years1385615367248895435
    55-64 years242135133022111026240
    65-74 years17125321185136784137
    75-84 years1495257137120421923
    85 years or older761593821633
    Unknown age00023158000
    1Seriously injured are total figures for seriously injured and very seriously injured.
    Explanation of symbols
  • Killed or injured, by group of road user. Year
    Killed or injured, by group of road user. Year
    TotalDrivers of carPassengers of carDrivers and passenger onPedestriansPersons sledgingOthers
    Motor cycleMopedCycle
    Persons killed
    20218035141514704
    20221164519210610213
    2022
    0-5 years000000000
    6-15 years200000110
    16-17 years100100000
    18-19 years620200011
    20-24 years1042100003
    25-34 years1572300102
    35-44 years720300101
    45-54 years1352301101
    55-64 years2493503103
    65-74 years1758301000
    75-84 years1482000202
    85 years or older730001300
    Unknown age000000000
    Persons injured
    20214 5652 09880458315437632235193
    20224 4852 11389154911432530810175
    2022
    0-5 years29021000800
    6-15 years2183871344245222
    16-17 years361127515363814135
    18-19 years352182104324413013
    20-24 years481277114364142619
    25-34 years6883641287064832139
    35-44 years5683467749104522217
    45-54 years6153239468116927320
    55-64 years51324770908513908
    65-74 years32117659321242405
    75-84 years2571475153153204
    85 years or older5931111021103
    Unknown age23500031500
    Explanation of symbols
  • Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type. Year
    Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type. Year
    2022
    TotalDrivers of automobilePassengers of automobileDrivers and passenger ofPedestriansPersons sledgingOthers
    Light motor cycleOther motor cycleMopedCycle
    Persons killed
    Total11645195160610213
    Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction8140200001
    Head-on collision392491400001
    Turning, crossing directions of travel11310203002
    Pedestrian accidents120000001020
    Single accidents381544702006
    Other accidents8210101003
    Persons injured
    Total4 4852 11389120834111432530810175
    Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction942511228517028330021
    Head-on collision950574250222713420022
    Turning, crossing directions of travel676275934242261740024
    Pedestrian accidents329500014308101
    Single accidents1 3536702828018641220072
    Other accidents235783813165500035
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About the statistics

The statistics cover accidents reported to the police and are limited to accidents that involve at least one vehicle, and that have taken place on public or private roads, streets or places open to general traffic.

People: People involved in accidents resulting in personal injury

Other unit: Vehicles involved in accidents resulting in personal injury

Persons sledging: Group of road user includes persons sledging, skiing, roller skiing, skateboarding and kicksledding.

Degree of injury is broken down into: killed, very seriously injured, seriously injured and slightly injured.

Killed: People who die within 30 days after the accident from injuries related to it.

Very seriously injured: Life-threatening injuries or injuries of a permanent character.

Seriously injured: Major, but not life-threatening injuries.

Slightly injured: Minor fractures, scratches etc. Hospitalization is not required.

Severely injured: A blanket term for “very seriously injured" and “seriously injured".

Given in the booklet Rettledning til utfylling av rapport om veitrafikkuhell (instructions on how to fill out the road traffic accident report form).

Name: Road traffic accidents involving personal injury.
Topic: Transport and tourism.

15 December 2023

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics.

National, county, municipalities and police districts figures.

Figures are published monthly, approximately 2 weeks after the end of the reference month. Preliminary figures.

Data are reported to Eurostat and International Transport Forum (formerly called ECMT).

Collected and revised data are stored securely by Statistics Norway in compliance with applicable legislation on data processing.

Statistics Norway can grant access to the source data (de-identified or anonymised microdata) on which the statistics are based, for researchers and public authorities for the purposes of preparing statistical results and analyses. Access can be granted upon application and subject to conditions. Refer to the details about this at Access to data from Statistics Norway.

The purpose is to provide information about accidents on Norwegian roads.

The statistics on road traffic accidents involving personal injury and other accidents involving major material damage was established in 1939. The obligation to report to the police accidents not involving personal injury was more or less abandoned in 1957, and since 1964 only accidents involving personal injury have been included in the statistics. The form used by the police to record accidents underwent major changes in 1954 and 1964. In 1977 it was completely revised into a joint form used by the police, Statistics Norway and road authorities. A more detailed account of the development of road traffic accident statistics from 1930 to 1977 is given in the publication NOS Road Traffic Accidents 1977.

Until May 2001 the statistics were based on forms submitted by regular mail by the police authorities. From May 2001 onwards the information has been submitted electronically. The scope of the statistics has been revised several times. Further information is provided in Chapter 6.1. Spatial comparability and comparability over time.

The statistics are used by research institutes, international organizations, municipalities and other public agencies, mainly for studies and analyses.

No external users have access to statistics before they are released at 8 a.m. on ssb.no after at least three months’ advance notice in the release calendar. This is one of the most important principles in Statistics Norway for ensuring the equal treatment of users.

To assess risk, the ratios of accidents to stocks of motor vehicles, vehicle-kilometres driven, type of road and population statistics by sex and age, should be considered. It is possible to merge accident data with data from other sources, for example the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s registries of motor vehicles and driving licences.

The statistics are developed, produced and disseminated pursuant to Act no. 32 of 21 June 2019 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway (the Statistics Act).

Council Decision (EC) no. 704/93.

The statistics only cover accidents reported to the police. Minor accidents and injuries are often not reported, and will therefore be underrepresented in the figures. The statistics are limited to accidents that involve at least one vehicle, and that have taken place on public or private roads, streets or places open to general traffic. Vehicles comprise civilian and military motor vehicles, vehicles running on rails and non-motorized vehicles. Only deaths that occur within 30 days after the date of the accident are included in the road traffic accidents statistics. To the extent that they are identified as such, accidents, injuries and deaths that happen due to seizures, suicides and suicide attempts are left out.

The Police's database of accidents. Nordic road traffic accidents figures are obtained from Statistics Denmark, Statistics Finland and Statistics Sweden.

All accidents mentioned in 3.1 are covered by the statistics.

Editing is defined here as checking, examining and amending data.The data is extracted from Police's database of accident records on the first weekday of the month and submitted electronically to Statistics Norway. All the police reports are processed in a computer program that identifies logical inconsistencies. Reports that contain such errors are subject to manual editing.

Not relevant

Employees of Statistics Norway have a duty of confidentiality.

Statistics Norway does not publish figures if there is a risk of the respondent’s contribution being identified. This means that, as a general rule, figures are not published if fewer than three units form the basis of a cell in a table or if the contribution of one or two respondents constitutes a very large part of the cell total.

Statistics Norway can make exceptions to the general rule if deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the EEA agreement, if the respondent is a public authority, if the respondent has consented to this, or when the information disclosed is openly accessible to the public.

More information can be found on Statistics Norway’s website under Methods in official statistics, in the ‘Confidentiality’ section.

Road traffic accidents statistics provide comparable time series for the period 1977 to 2001. In 2002, those registered with unspecified degree of injury were introduced as a separate category in the statistics. They had previously been distributed among the other injury categories. Hence, from 2002 onwards the figures for degree of injury are not quite comparable with the figures from 2001 and earlier years.

When comparing road accident figures between countries, factors such as size of population, stock of vehicles, total road length and quality of roads must be taken into consideration. Certain definitions and methods of registration may vary between countries. The Nordic countries do however use the same definition of fatalities ("The 30 days rule").

Some submitted forms are incompletely filled out, and lack information about certain variables. The police districts that have submitted such forms are contacted and asked to add the missing details during the manual editing process. Even so, residual, &“unspecified´´ categories remain a necessity in most of the tables that are published.

Special surveys have revealed that the official injury statistics far from cover all accidents involving personal injury. The extent to which accidents are reported varies with the type of accident and degree of injury. Less severe accidents often go unreported. This particularly applies to bicycle accidents, which often result in only minor injuries. Injured motorists may for various reasons choose not to report the accident to the police.

The total number of injuries includes casualties where the degree of injury has not been specified. Some people registered in this category may be uninjured, and figures are subject to change.

A revision is a planned change to figures that have already been published, for example when releasing final figures as a follow-up to published preliminary figures. See also Statistics Norway’s principles for revisions.

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