The annual social cost per person of road injury crashes in the Waikato region fell between 2007 and 2013 but has risen again in recent years.
This indicator is the estimated social costs of road injury crashes per person and per year in the Waikato region.
The risk of injury or death from motor vehicle accidents is a concern for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Examining the number and social cost of fatalities and serious injuries occurring each year in this region helps us to assess risks and find ways to reduce the harm these incidents cause to people. Higher crash rates on our region’s roads also puts increased pressure on support systems and other resources such as healthcare or financial assistance for those who are unable to work due to injury.
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
The Ministry of Transport calculates the annual estimates of the ‘social cost’ of road crashes and injuries, which are based on loss of life and life quality, loss of output due to temporary incapacitation, medical costs, legal costs and vehicle damage costs. The estimates account for changes in the mix of crashes by area and severity; the average number of injuries received in a crash; any inflationary effects and any changes in the levels of non-reporting.
The loss of life component is estimated by the amount of money that the members of the New Zealand population would be willing to pay for a safety improvement which results in the expected avoidance of one premature death (i.e. willingness-to-pay method).
Regional time series in current prices are from a custom request to the Ministry of Transport. Secondary data on the average social cost of road crashes and injuries per region are also available in annual reports on the Ministry of Transport website(external link). Note that the time series is retrospectively updated each year to account for revised crash and injury data as well as price rebasing
The regional real social cost data were divided by regional population estimates from Infoshare(external link), selecting Population > Population Estimates – DPE > Estimated Resident Population for Regional Council Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun), to arrive at real social cost per capita estimates.
Note that the time series may be retrospectively updated from time to time, for example following the New Zealand Census.
You can also read the Ministry of Transport’s Infometrics Ltd analysis report(external link) on long term New Zealand road toll trends.
Update details: Annual data are reported to 2014, with 2015 results expected in December 2016.
Customised data request requirements: Ministry of Transport time series in latest dollar terms for the annual social cost of injury crashes – fatal, serious, minor and total – for Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and New Zealand. Note that publication of the social cost estimates requires Ministerial approval, hence this customised request can only be finalised once such approval has been granted, typically in November/December each year.
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: No
Other regions: Yes
New Zealand: Yes
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No