When new drivers consider what is road safety in Australia, they may be surprised to learn that there are about 1,700 deaths resulting from road accidents in the country each year.

The rate of serious is far higher, though, at roughly ten times this number of approximately 22,000 serious injuries each year. It is notable that road accidents are one of the major causes of premature death in Australia and the economic impact of these accidents is huge at over $15 billion per year.

The fatality rate is significantly higher for male drivers than for females, and it’s also higher for those in rural areas than for those in cities. Drivers represent about 45% of all road accident fatalities, with passengers accounting for 24% and pedestrians at 15%. Motorcycle deaths account for 14% of all road fatalities, and trucks are involved in 17% of fatal accident.

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