Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR) 2008

Overview

This section provides a synopsis of key road safety statistics such as the total number of traffic fatalities, injuries, collisions, licensed drivers and registered vehicles.

The primary measure of road user safety in Ontario is the number of fatalities for every 10,000 licensed drivers. In 2008, Ontario’s fatality rate of 0.70 per 10,000 licensed drivers was the lowest ever recorded in Ontario. Ontario’s rate was the lowest in all of North America in 2008.

The information on hospitalizations and other statistics in this section are stark reminders of the human and economic cost of motor vehicle collisions, both in terms of lives lost, pain and suffering, and the impact on Ontario’s healthcare system, which affects everyone in Ontario.

This table charts the number of fatal and injury collisions in Ontario from 1988-2007.

1A. Synopsis

Selected Statistics: 2008
Total Reportable Collisions 229,196
Total Drivers Involved in Collisions 404,919
Total Vehicles Involved in Collisions 422,190
Fatal Collisions 574
Personal Injury Collisions 44,219
Property Damage Collisions 184,403
   
Persons Killed 631
Drivers Killed (excludes All Terrain Vehicle and Snow Vehicle Drivers) 405
Drivers Killed (Impaired or Had Been Drinking) 90
Passengers Killed 122
Pedestrians Killed 94
Other Road Users Killed 10
   
Persons Injured 62,743
Estimated Ontario Population 12,932,297
Licensed Drivers 9,042,286
Registered Motor Vehicles 8,361,021
Estimated Vehicle Kilometres Travelled (in millions) 124,673
   
Number of Persons Killed in Motor Vehicle Collisions per 100,000 People in Ontario 4.88
Number of Persons Killed in Motor Vehicle Collisions per 100 Million Kilometres Travelled 0.51
Collision Rate per 100 Million Kilometres Travelled 183.84
Fatal Collision Rate per 100 Million Kilometres Travelled 0.46
Number of Persons Killed in Motor Vehicle Collisions per 10,000 Licensed Drivers 0.70

1B. Health Perspective

Table 1.1: Selected Diagnoses of Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries Hospitalized in Ontario, Fiscal Year 2007/2008
Selected Diagnoses Hospital Admissions Hospital Days of Stay
Fracture of head 157 900
Fracture of neck and trunk 910 9,004
Fracture of upper limb 514 2,514
Fracture of lower limb 1,280 12,081
Fractures involving multiple body regions 8 120
Dislocation, sprains, and strains 123 597
Dislocations, sprains, and strains involving multiple body regions * *
Intracranial injury 721 10,379
Internal injury of chest, abdomen, and pelvis 460 4,344
Open wound of head, neck, or trunk 44 174
Open wound of upper limb 16 381
Open wound of lower limb 34 312
Open wounds involving multiple body regions 5 68
Other diagnosis 1,022 9,456
Total Admissions and Days ** 5,294 50,330

Source: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Solutions Delivery Branch, Health Data Decision Support Unit
* Small cell count (a value of less than 5); small cell counts are not to be published
** Totals do not include small cell counts

Table 1.2: Selected Surgical Procedures for Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries Hospitalized in Ontario, Fiscal Year 2007/2008
Selected Procedure Hospital Admissions Hospital Days of Stay
Head, brain, and cerebral meninges 103 2,725
Spinal cord, spinal canal, and meninges 15 378
Nose, mouth, and pharynx 21 174
Chest wall, pleura, mediastinum, and diaphragm 118 1,269
Bone marrow and spleen 44 591
Kidney * 90
Facial bones and joints 80 767
Reduction of fracture/dislocation with or without fixation (excluding head and facial bones) 1,664 15,875
Repair joint structures (excluding head or facial bones) 20 133
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 63 976
Other diagnostic and therapeutic interventions 1,745 20,464
Sub-total of surgical admissions and days ** 3,873 43,442
No interventions performed – surgical procedures 1,417 6,888

Source: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Solutions Delivery Branch, Health Data Decision Support Unit
* Small cell count (a value of less than 5); small cell counts are not to be published
** Sub-totals do not include small cell counts

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