This is an archived release.
Young people overrepresented
76 people under the age of 30 were killed in road traffic accidents in 2007, down by nine from the previous year. In total, 233 people lost their lives. 12 082 were injured, 879 severely.
The corresponding figures for 2006 were 242 fatalities and 11 126 injuries, of which 940 were severe. In the period 1998-2007, the average figures were 287 fatalities and 11 755 injuries, 1 071 severe.
Inexperienced drivers accident-prone
Almost 33 per cent of the people who were killed in road traffic accidents last year, were under the age of 30, compared to 35 per cent the previous year. 18- and 19 year olds were disproportionately affected. 16 people in this age group lost their lives, which amounted to 13 fatalities per 100.000 of the population. This was considerably higher than the figure for the Norwegian population as a whole. Eleven of the 16 were drivers. Seven of these were 18-year-olds, and the number of drivers killed in road traffic accidents was by far highest for people aged 18. Relative to population share, the number of people killed on the roads was highest for people aged 86, with nearly 29 fatalities per 100.000 inhabitants. However, there are few people in this age category. Hence, random variations will have a large impact on the figure.
Head-on collisions only had a 15 per cent share in the total number of accidents, yet these accidents often had very serious consequences. Almost 42 per cent of the fatal accidents in 2007 were head-on collisions, up by two percentage points from 2006. Both years 103 people died in such accidents. The second-largest group of accidents in 2007 was off-the-road crashes, which killed 72 people and represented 32 per cent of the fatal accidents.
Fewer pedestrians killed
23 pedestrians were killed in road traffic accidents last year, down by 12 from 2006. This amounted to 10 and 14 per cent of the fatalities, respectively. 33 motorcyclists were killed. The corresponding figure for 2006 was 32. 14 mopdallists and cyclists lost their lives, up 3 from the previous year.
Road traffic accidents in the Nordic countries
Considering fatalities per 100.000 of the population, the accident risk is very low in Norway compared to most other countries. Compared to the other Nordic countries, accident risk was the same in Norway and Sweden in 2007 with five fatalities per 100.000 of the population. The corresponding figures for Denmark and Finland were eight and seven, respectively.
The statistics are based on accidents reported to the police. Less severe accidents and injuries are often not reported to the police, and may therefore be underrepresented in the figures. The total number of injuries includes casualties where the degree of injury has not been specified. Around 20 per cent of the casualties reported in 2007 belonged to this category. This is the highest value registered since the category was included in the statistics in 2001, and it makes injury figures less reliable. This particularly applies to less the severe injuries. Some people registered in this category may be uninjured, and figures are subject to change.
New classification of injury
From January 2008 Statistics Norway will implement a new classification of injury. The previously used terms “very seriously injured” and “seriously injured” will be grouped together under the blanket term “severely injured”.
- Table 1 People killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road-user 1998-2007
- Table 2 People killed or injured, by road-user and degree of injury. 1998-2008
- Table 3 People killed or injured, by road-user and sex. 1998-2007
- Table 4 People killed or injured, by group of age and degree of injury. 1998-2007
- Table 5 People killed or injured, by road-user and age. 2007
- Table 6 People killed or injured, by group of road-user and county. 2007
- Table 7 People killed or injured, by group of road-user and police district. 2007
- Table 8 People killed or injured, by age and county. 2007
- Table 9 People killed or injured, by age and police district. 2007
- Table 10 People killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road-user and group of accidents. 2007
- Table 11 People killed in road traffic accidents in the Nordic countries per 100 000 of the population. 1998-2007
- Table 12 People killed in road traffic accidents, by group of road user. 1970-2007
- Table 13 People killed or injured in road traffic accidents, exposure data. 1970-2007
- Table 14 People killed in road traffic accidents, by type of accident. 1977-2007