STATISTICS - Motor Vehicle Deaths 2008 to 2018
The B.C. Coroners Service has released a document describing motor vehicle related deaths in the province covering the period 2008 to 2018. Here are the findings presented in the document's overview:
- In 2018, 314 British Columbians died in motor vehicle incidents. The average annual numberof MVI deaths in B.C. between 2008-2018 was 326.
- In 2018, the crude MVI death rate was 6.3 per 100,000 population. The average annual ratewas higher from 2008-2010 (8.7) than from 2011-2018 (6.5).
- Sixty-one percent (61%) of decedents were drivers or passengers in personal vehicles.Eighteen percent (18%) were pedestrians and 11% were motorcyclists.
- More than two-thirds of decedents (69%) were male.
- Between 2008-2018, the months with the highest average annual number of pedestriandeaths were November (7.6) and December (7.1). For other road users, the average annualnumber of deaths per month was highest for August (31.1) and July (29.5).
- Approximately one-third of all MVI deaths (34%) between 2008-2018 occurred in the InteriorHealth Authority region.
- Based on data available from 2008 to 2016, one-third of deaths (34%) resulted from MVIsinvolving drugs and/or alcohol.
- Alcohol and/or drug involvement was identified as a contributing factor in 52% of deathsof 19-29 year olds and 51% of deaths of 30-39 year olds.
- Based on data available from 2011 to 2016, 29% of decedent drivers and passengers werenot wearing a seat belt.
- Seventy-one percent (71%) of females were using a restraint, vs. 49% of males.