This is an archived release.
Lowest number killed in road traffic since 1954
A total of 212 persons were killed in road traffic accidents in 2009; 43 fewer than the year before. The number of injuries dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009.
Release of final figures 2010 was in the release calendar annouced to be published 31 May 2011. This release has been postponed and the release date has not yet been set.
A total of 9 844 persons were injured in road traffic accidents last year; about 1 000 fewer than in 2008. The average over the period 2000 to 2009 was 263 fatalities and 11 469 injuries per year. Despite the variation in fatality and injury figures from one year to the next, there is a downward trend over the 10-year period.
Fewer seriously injured
In 2009, 751 persons were seriously injured. The average for the 10-year period 2000-2009 was 985. While 9 847 persons were seriously injured in this period, the corresponding figure was 13 700 in the 10-year period 1990-1999.
Fewer car drivers lost their lives
The number of car passengers killed increased from 46 to 48 from 2008 to 2009. The number of car drivers who lost their lives, however, decreased from 123 to 95 in the same period. Eight persons on a light motor cycle were killed; the highest number in the period 2000 to 2009. The number of persons killed on a heavy motor cycle decreased from 28 in 2008 to 19 in 2009. For the other road user groups there were small changes.
Nearly 80 per cent men
A total of 167 men lost their lives in road traffic accidents in 2009; a share of 78 per cent. Out of the 38 killed in 2009 using either a motor cycle, moped or bicycle, only one was a woman. It is important to consider that men also drive more than women.
More 16 and 17 year-olds killed in traffic
Seventeen persons, aged 16 to 17, were killed on Norwegian roads in 2009. The corresponding figure for 2008 was 6. The average for the 10-year period 2000-2009 was 13 killed in this age group. A total of 71 persons aged 24 years or under lost their lives; 33 per cent of all those killed in traffic. This age group constitutes 31 per cent of the population.
A total of 37 persons over 65 years of age were killed in 2009; 17 per cent of all killed in road traffic accidents in 2009.
Most killed in Akershus County
Akershus county saw the highest figures in road traffic fatalities in 2009, with 21 persons losing their lives in the county in 2009. Twenty persons were killed in the county of Møre and Romsdal and 19 in Hordaland.
A total of 87 persons were killed in head-on-collisions in 2009 and 80 persons in run-off-the-road accidents. This corresponds to 78 per cent of all killed in road traffic accidents in 2009. Head-on-collisions often have a severe outcome, and in 2009 constituted 14 per cent of all accidents and 34 per cent of all fatal accidents.
Heavy goods vehicle accidents
The police registered a total of 214 fatal road traffic accidents involving heavy goods vehicles in 2009. Twenty-three persons were killed in these accidents, compared with 25 in 2008. A total of 276 persons were injured, compared to 342 in 2008.
Most severe accidents outside densely populated areas
A total of 212 persons were killed in road traffic accidents in 2009. A total of 156 persons, corresponding to 73 per cent, lost their lives in accidents outside densely populated areas. Overall, 2 854 accidents were registered outside densely populated areas, corresponding to 41 per cent of all accidents. There were 132 fatal accidents outside densely populated areas, corresponding to 70 per cent of all fatal accidents.
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 12 per cent of the casualties reported in 2009 belonged to this category. Some people registered in this category may be uninjured, and figures are subject to change.
- Table 1 Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road-user and month. 2000-2009
- Table 2 Persons killed or injured, by group of road-user and degree of injury. 2000-2009
- Table 3 Persons killed or injured, by group of road-user and sex. 2000-2009
- Table 4 Persons killed or injured, by age group and degree of injury. 2000-2009
- Table 5 People killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by degree of injury, sex and age. 2009
- Table 6 Persons killed or injured, by group of road user and age. 2009
- Table 7 People killed or injured, by group of road user. County. 2009
- Table 8 Persons killed or injured, by group of road user and police district. 2009
- Table 9 Persons killed or injured, by age. County. 2009
- Table 10 Persons killed or injured, by age. Police district. 2009
- Table 11 People killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type. 2009
- Table 12 Accidents involving lorries. Number of traffic units involved and persons killed or injured. 2006-2009
- Table 13 Accidents involving lorries. Persons killed or injured, by type of accident. 2006-2009
- Table 14 Persons killed in road traffic accidents in the Nordic countries per 100 000 of the population. 2000-2009
- Table 15 Persons killed in road traffic accidents, by group of road user. 1970-2009
- Table 16 Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, exposure data. 1970-2009
- Table 17 People killed in road traffic accidents, by accident type 1977-2009
- Table 18 Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by road user, area of residence og type of accident. 2009