Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities

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The number of motor vehicle accidents in a region is a measure of how safe or unsafe residents are on the roads in an area. Niagara has one of the highest per capita accident fatality rates in Ontario at 7.2% fatalities per registered drivers compared to .01 in Ontario.

Figure 11 Motor vehicle Fatalities/ Number of Motor Vehicle Registrations 2005

Source: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/orsar/orsar05/chp4_1_05.shtml 

 

 Table 19 : Total Number Collisions and People Killed or Injured by CMA 2005

 

 

Persons

Place of Collision

Total

Killed

Injured

Collisions

Niagara

7,810

26

2,267

Ottawa

14,601

28

4,209

Sudbury

3,234

14

1,269

Toronto

53,480

72

19,264

ONTARIO

230,258

766

71,850

 

Source: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/orsar/

 

 

According to Niagara Regional Police Service Motor Vehicle Collision Data 1999-2003 (2005), the primary cause of the 766 motor vehicle deaths or injuries in Niagara was driver error 50% of the time involving multiple vehicles in 50% of the crashes; single vehicles 25% and pedestrians 12%. Collisions identifying impairment as a primary contributing factor occurred most often in single vehicle crashes (64%) and less often in multiple crashes (25%). For collisions identifying speed as the primary factor, over half (52%) occurred with a single motor vehicle, while one third (31%) involved multiple vehicles and 14% involved motorcyclists. Of the most serious and fatal collisions, 58% occurred on rural roads, most often on Fridays (21%). The greatest number of collisions (22%) occurred between 3-8 pm. and between the months of July and October.

 

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