Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2009

Transport Canada
Motor Vehicle Safety
Collected in co-operation with the
Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators

TP 3322
Cat. T45-3/2009
2011

Table of Contents

 

Collisions and Casualties 1990-2009

Year Collisions Victims
Fatal1 Personal Injury2 Fatalities3 Serious Injuries4 Injuries5 (Total)
1990 3,445 178,515 3,963 25,183 262,680
1991 3,225 170,693 3,690 26,035 249,217
1992 3,073 169,640 3,501 25,521 249,823
1993 3,121 168,106 3,615 23,902 247,593
1994 2,837 164,642 3,230 22,830 241,899
1995 2,817 161,950 3,313 21,494 238,458
1996 2,740 153,944 3,129 18,734 227,283
1997 2,660 147,549 3,076 17,294 217,401
1998 2,583 145,615 2,919 16,197 213,319
1999 2,632 148,683 2,980 16,187 218,457
2000 2,547 153,300 2,903 15,583 222,869
2001 2,413 148,996 2,756 15,285 216,489
2002* 2,583 153,859 2,921 15,907 222,707
2003 2,489 150,545 2,779 15,125 216,210
2004 2,436 145,248 2,731 15,591 206,229
2005 2,551 145,603 2,898 15,814 204,764
2006 2,599 142,531 2,884 15,885 199,994
2007 2,462 138,632 2,761 14,236 192,762
2008 2,182r 127,634r 2,419 12,591r 176,433r
2009 2,011 123,192 2,209 11,451 172,883

A car crash.

 

Fatalities and Injuries by Age Group 2009

Age Group (Years) Fatalities Serious Injuries Injuries (Total)
0–4 19 87 2,142
5–14 35 392 7,445
15–19 240 1,400 20,632
20–24 283 1,547 21,625
25–34 364 1,946 30,738
35–44 244 1,704 26,148
45–54 355 1,856 26,205
55–64 252 1,089 16,418
65 + 389 1,116 13,922
Not stated 28 314 7,608
Total 2,209 11,451 172,883


Fatalities by Road User Class 2005-2009

Road User Class   2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Drivers # 1,498 1,513 1,409 1275r 1,173
  % 51.7 52.5 51.0 52.7 53.1
Passengers # 682 612 614 499r 432
  % 23.5 21.2 22.2 20.6 19.5
Pedestrians # 342 376 376 299 307
  % 11.8 13.0 13.6 12.4 13.9
Bicyclists # 52 73 65 42 41
  % 1.8 2.5 2.4 1.7 1.9
Motorcyclists* # 233 212 225 216r 195
  % 8.0 7.4 8.1 8.9 8.8
Not Stated/Other # 91 98 72 88r 61
  % 3.1 3.4 2.6 3.6 2.8
Total # 2,898 2,884 2,761 2,419 2,209
  % 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
 

Fatalities 1990–2009

Fatalities 1990-2009

 

Casualty Rates 2009

  Per 100,000 Population1 Per Billion Vehicle-Kilometres2 Per 100,000 Licensed Drivers
Fatalities Injuries Fatalities Injuries Fatalities Injuries
Canada 6.6 512.7 6.6 518.7 9.5 745.3
N.L. 6.3 464.0 6.9 508.9 8.8 647.3
P.E.I. 8.5 540.8 9.4 596.2 12.4 787.5
N.S. 7.7 804.4 7.2 751.5 10.6 1,109.2
N.B. 8.8 510.9 8.3 480.7 12.1 700.2
Que. 6.6 550.1 7.1 592.2 10.2 856.6
Ont. 4.1 472.5 4.2 490.7 5.9 678.3
Man. 7.1 591.7 7.3 615.9 11.1 929.6
Sask. 14.7 652.2 11.8 526.0 21.2 943.5
Alta. 9.6 522.2 7.1 385.6 12.8 701.7
B.C. 8.4 451.4 10.5 562.6 12.1 648.4
Y.T. 20.8 517.1 13.7 341.1 27.6 685.6
N.W.T. 11.4 302.2 15.9 419.8 20.5 539.9
Nvt. 6.2 130.5 65.1 1,368.1 44.7 937.7

Note: Data for Ontario are preliminary for 2009.

Percentage of Fatally Injured Drivers Tested and Found to Have Been Drinking 1990–2009 (Blood Alcohol Concentration > 0 mg%*)

Percentage of Fatally Injured Drivers Tested and Found to Have Been Drinking 1990–2009 (BAC >0 mg%)

1 Before 2001, BAC categories were reported as 81-150 mg% and >150 mg%.

Note: 2008 data are preliminary.

Source: The alcohol-crash problem in Canada, 2008.

 

Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries Where Victims Were Not Using Seat Belts 2005-2009

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Drivers          
Fatalitites 34.9 36.9 35.3 34.9 33.6
Serious Injuries 14.3 16.2 16.0 15.6 14.5
Passengers          
Fatalities 35.4 38.7 39.1 38.3 36.3
Serious Injuries 19.9 24.6 24.8 21.6 23.3

Note: "Serious Injuries" include victims admitted to hospital for treatment or observation.

 

Number of Collisions by Location 2009

Location Fatal Personal Injury
Urban1 821 90,248
Rural2 1,154 30,232
Not Stated 36 2,712
Total 2,011 123,192

Three cars on the road.

Note: In Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, "urban" includes any area within the corporate boundaries of a city, town, village or hamlet. "Rural" includes any area outside of what is defined as "Urban".

Percentage of Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Road User Class 2009

Road User Class Fatalities Serious Injuries
Drivers 53.1 47.1
Passengers 19.5 22.7
Pedestrians 13.9 12.5
Bicyclists 1.9 3.8
Motorcyclists 8.8 11.1
Not Stated/Other 2.8 2.8
Total 100.0 100.0

Percentage of Driver and Passenger Fatalities and Serious Injuries by Age Group 2009

Age Group (Years) Fatalities Serious Injuries
Drivers Passengers Drivers Passengers
0–4 0.0 3.2 0.0 2.0
5–14 0.2 4.5 0.3 7.3
15–19 9.6 18.5 9.9 19.5
20–24 13.8 13.7 13.5 15.9
25–34 17.1 14.2 19.1 15.1
35–44 13.2 9.2 17.9 10.0
45–54 18.4 10.4 18.2 10.1
55–64 12.4 7.0 10.2 6.6
65+ 14.8 17.3 10.4 8.0
Not Stated 0.5 2.0 0.5 5.5
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Number of Licensed Drivers by Gender and Age 2009

Age Group (Years) Male Female Total
<16* 26,511 18,006 44,517
16–19 582,294 514,143 1,096,437
20–24 989,160 919,822 1,908,982
25–34 2,037,437 1,962,119 3,999,556
35–44 2,226,806 2,124,253 4,351,059
45–54 2,517,435 2,372,877 4,890,312
55–64 1,901,900 1,750,694 3,652,594
65+ 1,766,478 1,487,632 3,254,110
Not Stated 3 2 5
Total 12,048,024 11,149,548 23,197,572

Licensed Drivers and Motor Vehicle Registrations by Type of Vehicle (in thousands) 1990-2009

Year Licensed Drivers1 Light-Duty Vehicles2 Commercial Vehicles3 Motorcycles4
1990 17,718 12,622 4,000 359
1991 18,090 12,578 3,516 350
1992 18,465 12,781 3,461 339
1993 18,843 12,925 3,455 337
1994 19,243 13,131 3,510 330
1995 19,327 13,192 3,535 320
1996 19,964 13,251 3,620 312
1997 20,148 13,515 3,684 319
1998 20,744 13,887 3,767 334
1999 20,934 16,538 722 274
2000 20,593 16,832 739 311
2001 20,879 17,055 729 318
2002 21,163 17,543 724 350
2003 21,436 17,755 740 373
2004 21,673 17,920 752 409
2005 21,937 18,124 786 443
2006 22,278 18,739 841 485
2007 22,606 19,199 872 522
2008 22,972 19,613 907 567
2009 23,198 19,877 915 595

Source: 1989 to 1998: Statistics Canada Road Motor Vehicles, Catalogue No. 53-219. From 1999, the motor vehicle registration data are from Statistics Canada, CANSIM, Table 405-0004. From 1999 the licensed driver data were provided by each jurisdiction.

The decline in police reporting in British Columbia in years 1996 through 2004 has affected the British Columbia totals and, to a lesser extent, national totals reported in this publication.

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