According to a statistical report published by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, road accident fatalities have decreased immensely – by 28.9 per cent – throughout the past decade. In 2014, there was a rate of 4.92 deaths per 100,000 people in Australia – this is the lowest on record for a calendar year.

Of course, road deaths can result from a variety of road user types. Further analysis reveals that passenger fatalities have decreased the most substantially in the past 10 years, with a further reduction for pedestrian and driver fatalities. Although we have also seen fewer fatalities for motorcyclists, they have decreased at a slower rate.

Interestingly, half of all road accident fatalities result from either single vehicle run-off-road accidents, or head-on crashes.

The graph below illustrates the population rate for deaths associated with road accidents over the last 10 years.

Australian car deaths per year

The Australian Road Deaths Database

You can access the database online to see the latest information and statistics available for fatal road accidents in Australia. It includes information as reported by police and includes the details about fatal accidents as they come to hand.

You will be able to see information such as the date, location and type of crash, as well as other details including the age and gender of the parties and other circumstances of the fatal road accident.  To get a closer look at the year by year analysis of fatal road accidents in Australia, check out this resource for further information.


Dealing with a Fatal Road Accident in Australia

If you are involved in a fatal accident, or have a family member or friend involved in one, it is important to sort out any legal obligations as soon as possible. For example, the accident should be reported quickly, and police reports should be obtained for insurance and legal purposes.

For those who have lost a loved one in a road accident, we’re here to help. After dealing with many hundreds of cases just like yours over our 40 years of experience, we understand how difficult this time can be, especially when the person you lost was very close to you.

You don’t need to go through this process alone, and we recommend speaking with a professional counsellor if you feel as though you have no one to talk to. Stay close to friends and family and lean on each other for emotional support.


When it comes to working out whether or not you are eligible for the compensation after the loss of a loved one in an accident, we suggest contacting us as soon as possible to seek legal advice. We discuss the process with you and work out what needs to be done so you can continue on with your life.

Speak with a friendly, professional motor vehicle accident expert who knows the ins and outs of fatal accident compensation law. Call Stacks Goudkamp today on 1800 251 800 or simply send us an email with some details about your situation and we will help guide you from there.