Road Trauma Involving Heavy Vehicles—Annual Summaries

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This report presents detailed crash information for fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles and forms an important part of the evidence base. More recent data is available in the quarterly bulletins but that is sourced from a different database and is less detailed.

2019 : At a glance

Heavy trucks—2019

  • A total of 188 people were killed in crashes involving heavy trucks. This is an increase of 19.7 per cent compared with the total in 2018. Over ten years, the trend was an average reduction of 2.7 per cent per year.
  • Light vehicle occupants account for approximately 47 per cent of the total fatalities involving heavy trucks. Heavy truck occupants account for about 29 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 20 people were killed in crashes involving buses. The trend over the last 10 years was a sight annual increase of 0.6 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, 2010-2019