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Road traffic accidents involving personal injury


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Key figures


persons were killed in road traffic accidents in 2017

Persons killed or seriously injured1
2017Average last 5 years
KilledSeverely injuredKilledSeverely injured
1Severely injured are total number of seriously injured and very seriously injured.
Group of road user
Drivers of car5122265231
Passengers of car129421101
Drivers and passengers on motorcycle and moped2115522145
Cyclists , pedestrians and persons sledging2017624184
0-15 years428438
16-24 years1312625127
25-44 years2417531189
45-64 years3320643207
65 years or older3212936116
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.
Total10674325 2623 1282 134665450215
0-5 years211432419440
6-15 years211255132123241113
16-17 years22035922813148408
18-19 years54138322216120137
20-24 years660608359249584513
25-34 years1064833513320866323
35-44 years14113731430301896128
45-54 years191457604672931158332
55-64 years14122575352223916526
65-74 years1367380205175623626
75-84 years14104230112118542232
85 years or older5144625211367
Unknown age00059590110

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 years201000100
6-15 years201001000
16-17 years200110000
18-19 years541000000
20-24 years630300000
25-34 years1061200100
35-44 years1480401100
45-54 years1971703001
55-64 years1471202200
65-74 years1371100400
75-84 years1493001001
85 years or older502001200
Unknown age000000000
Persons injured
20165 5392 6761 137494239490406295
20175 2622 5511 127452241410378895
0-5 years430270031210
6-15 years255213064575501
16-17 years359780951341018015
18-19 years383218108151851216
20-24 years6083341533214283809
25-34 years83348315074115147215
35-44 years73142711146236937018
45-54 years76038911710318833938
55-64 years575295101608693219
65-74 years38020980163273807
75-84 years230122574463502
85 years or older4618120001501
Unknown age59471142004

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 direction6200004000
Head-on collision483280710000
Turning, crossing directions of travel3021000000
Pedestrian accidents110000001100
Single accidents2913211003000
Other accidents9400102002
Persons injured
Total5 2622 5511 127134318241410378895
Rear end collision, other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction1 101625278176550540012
Head-on collision93555627020242139005
Turning, crossing directions of travel837336148285774185009
Pedestrian accidents407105010537880
Single accidents1 5858463685515476350051
Other accidents39717858141720920018

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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