Road Trauma Involving Heavy Vehicles—Annual Summaries

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This report presents detailed information on fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles and forms an important part of the evidence base. See also the Quarterly bulletins.

Latest Year: 2020

2020 : At a glance

Heavy trucks—2020

  • A total of 177 people were killed in crashes involving heavy trucks. This is a decrease of 6.8 per cent compared with the total in 2019.
  • Light vehicle occupants account for approximately 56 per cent of the total fatalities involving heavy trucks for 2020. Heavy truck occupants account for 18 per cent.
  • The latest hospitalisation data (2018) shows that approximately 510 heavy truck occupants are hospitalised from road crashes each year. High threat to life injuries comprises around 34 per cent of the total.


  • There was a total of 11 people killed in crashes involving buses. The trend over the last 10 years was an annual decrease of 2.4 per cent.
  • Approximately 260 bus occupants are hospitalised (2013-2018) from crashes each year. Of these, around 22 per cent categorised with high threat to life injuries.


Annual counts of fatalities in crashed involving heavy vehicles, 2011-2020

    Data presented in this publication was correct as at May 2021. Due to normal ongoing revisions in road deaths data, comparisons between this publication and later reports will result in minor discrepancies.