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Road traffic accidents involving personal injury


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Key figures


persons were killed in road traffic accidents in 2019

Persons killed or seriously injured1
2019Average last 5 years
KilledSeverely injuredKilledSeverely injured
1Severely injured are total number of seriously injured and very seriously injured.
Group of road user
Drivers of car5718357212
Passengers of car15941492
Drivers and passengers on motorcycle and moped1613519149
Cyclists , pedestrians and persons sledging1914021166
0-15 years014232
16-24 years1911321119
25-44 years2813127165
45-64 years3018435200
65 years or older3112130119
Unknown age0201

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Table 1 
Killed or injured, by age

Killed or injured, by age1
KilledAll injuredSeverely injured
1Seriously injured are total figures for seriously injured and very seriously injured.
Total10878304 3582 6101 748565353212
0-5 years000372314321
6-15 years0001861048211110
16-17 years11032921211735287
18-19 years761282170112271710
20-24 years11110467281186512724
25-34 years1394708442266744628
35-44 years15132550326224574017
45-54 years16106667412255936528
55-64 years14104528309219915734
65-74 years1073331177154734033
75-84 years148619310588381622
85 years or older7345627291037
Unknown age00024222211

Table 2 
Killed or injured, by group of road user

Killed or injured, by group of road user
TotalDrivers of carPassengers of carDrivers and passenger onPedestriansPersons sledgingOthers
Motor cycleMopedCycle
Persons killed
0-5 years000000000
6-15 years000000000
16-17 years100100000
18-19 years751100000
20-24 years1182100000
25-34 years1391100200
35-44 years1582500000
45-54 years1662502100
55-64 years1483101100
65-74 years1071101000
75-84 years1443001501
85 years or older720001310
Unknown age000000000
Persons injured
20184 9412 462949482174410376880
20194 3582 072788503155393353886
0-5 years370201011311
6-15 years186268120534443
16-17 years329254128951914116
18-19 years28214973231281205
20-24 years4672561003972233010
25-34 years708411117646564419
35-44 years550316814995232011
45-54 years667357878497639114
55-64 years52826367759703806
65-74 years33116768225253905
75-84 years193105424392604
85 years or older562990011601
Unknown age24152201301

Table 3 
Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type

Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type
TotalDrivers of automobilePassengers of automobileDrivers and passenger ofPedestriansPersons sledgingOthers
Light motor cycleOther motor cycleMopedCycle
Persons killed
Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction6210200001
Head-on collision463371302000
Turning, crossing directions of travel4210100000
Pedestrian accidents130000001210
Single accidents361850904000
Other accidents3210000000
Persons injured
Total4 3582 072788176327155393353886
Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction896507190436137480010
Head-on collision86253321514321149008
Turning, crossing directions of travel621206763363312000012
Pedestrian accidents37330002735380
Single accidents1 3727332787315962240043
Other accidents2349029131212650013

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.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

People: People involved in accidents resulting in personal injury

Other unit: Vehicles involved in accidents resulting in personal injury

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´´.

Standard classifications

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

Administrative information

Name and topic

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

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Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

Regional level

National, county, municipalities and police districts figures.

Frequency and timeliness

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

International reporting

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


Microdata are stored in Oracle-databases and as files in SAS and ASCII format, production data and historical data on UNIX.


Background and purpose

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.

Users and applications

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

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at  8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

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.

Legal authority

Statistics Act Sections 2-2 and 3-2.

EEA reference

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.

Data sources and sampling

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.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

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.

Seasonal adjustment

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Comparability over time and space

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").

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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.


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