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 Road crashes impose intangible, financial, and economic costs to society. These costs include:
• loss of life and reduced quality of life
• reduced output due to temporary incapacitation
• medical, legal, and vehicle damage costs.
The average social cost is estimated at $4.916 million per fatal crash, $923,000 per reported serious crash, and $104,000 per reported minor crash. These costs (expressed in 2017 $ and adjusted for underreporting) exclude payments such as taxes or insurance premiums, costs associated with insurance administration, traffic delays due to road crashes, and collateral damage.



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Further Related Statistics:

RD069 Social cost of road crashes by region – 2017 prices ($ million)

RD070 Social cost of road crashes by territorial authority - 2017 prices ($ million)

 Core dashboard information


Social cost of road crashes by severity of crash (fatal, serious, minor and non-injury) in June 2017 prices ($ million)

Nature of data

Primary source Ministry of Transport
Custodian of data

Ministry of Transport

URL Previously unpublished Ministry of Transport analysis. Figures were obtained by multiplying number of crashes of each type by the social costs per crash of that type given in http://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Research/Documents/a5f9a063d1/Social-cost-of-road-crashes-and-injuries-2017-update-FINAL.PDF
Frequency Annual
Disaggregation National
Quality of the data

Good. Road social cost estimates do not include property damage only (non-injury) crashes but include property damage costs associated with the injury crashes. Road social cost estimates also include adjustment for under reporting.

Next Update December 2018