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Road traffic accidents involving personal injury


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Key figures


persons were killed in road traffic accidents in 2018

Persons killed or seriously injured1
2018Average last 5 years
KilledSeverely injuredKilledSeverely injured
1Severely injured are total number of seriously injured and very seriously injured.
Figures for injured are preliminary (for 2018).
Group of road user
Drivers of car6219758218
Passengers of car8771694
Drivers and passengers on motorcycle and moped1614121148
Cyclists , pedestrians and persons sledging2013423173
0-15 years130335
16-24 years1711322122
25-44 years2214027175
45-64 years3718138202
65 years or older3110033117
Unknown age0101

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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.
Figures for injured are preliminary (for 2018).
Total10882264 2552 5941 661565392173
0-5 years110462620624
6-15 years00022412210224168
16-17 years32130319710640319
18-19 years55032519313222139
20-24 years990418272146513912
25-34 years871666426240705614
35-44 years14122559349210704624
45-54 years19163634391243967224
55-64 years18126468278190856421
65-74 years1055342181161572829
75-84 years151141789286341915
85 years or older624623824954
Unknown age00030291110

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
Figures for injured are preliminary (for 2018).
Persons killed
0-5 years100000100
6-15 years000000000
16-17 years300101001
18-19 years540100000
20-24 years960210000
25-34 years820400101
35-44 years14100012100
45-54 years19120302200
55-64 years1874301300
65-74 years1081001000
75-84 years15113000100
85 years or older620000400
Unknown age000000000
Persons injured
20175 2622 5511 127452241410378895
20184 2552 058783419167385361775
0-5 years460240012001
6-15 years22408175705227
16-17 years303654104941420110
18-19 years32518790191041203
20-24 years41821610125132130210
25-34 years6663921005312594307
35-44 years5593137555155138012
45-54 years634350658857638210
55-64 years46825470505552707
65-74 years34218476126223903
75-84 years178106382262400
85 years or older622780061704
Unknown age30231400101

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
Figures for injured are preliminary (for 2018).
Persons killed
Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction5100310000
Head-on collision363130101000
Turning, crossing directions of travel6301002000
Pedestrian accidents140000101300
Single accidents382451501002
Other accidents9300303000
Persons injured
Total4 2552 058783139280167385361775
Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction75943516316523054009
Head-on collision88955224016231039009
Turning, crossing directions of travel734310101384365171006
Pedestrian accidents38251011636170
Single accidents1 2216552435414251380038
Other accidents27010135151910770013

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

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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