Traffic accidents

0. Registration entry for subjects

0.1 Name

Traffic accidents

0.2 Subject area

Tourism, transport and IT

0.3 Responsible authority; office, division, person etc.

0.4 Purpose and history

The aim is to collect and disseminate data on motor vehicles. Statistics are available from 1966 although not quite comparable the whole period. An international definition of traffic injuries was adopted in 1975 and in 1988 the method of reporting accidents was changed which resulted in a reduced number of police-reported accidents.

0.5 Users and application

Various institutions and individuals interested in road traffic accidents. A yearly extensive Questionnaire is sent by the European Union (EU).

0.6 Sources

Road Traffic Directorate.

0.7 Legal basis for official statistics

Act on Statistics Iceland No. 24/1913

0.8 Response burden

The data is sent by the Road Traffic Directorate once a year in connection with the publication of the Statistical Yearbook of Iceland.

0.9 EEA and EU obligations

1. Contents

1.1 Description of content

Data covers the number of accidents involving injuries and the number of accidents involving death as well as the number of accidents involving material damage only. The data also covers the number of persons killed or injured and there is a definition between minor injuries and major injuries. The data is also divided by sex and age and by category of road users, i.e.; drivers of different vehicles, passengers or pedestrians.

1.2 Statistical concepts

2. Time

2.1 Reference periods

The calendar year.

2.2 Process time

Process time is rather short as the data is received almost in a final version.

2.3 Punctuality

The figures for the previous year are accessible in the autumn.

2.4 Frequency of releases

Yearly in the Statistical Yearbook of Iceland.
Yearly releases of web tables

3. Reliability and security

3.1 Accuracy and reliability

The data is considered reliable and accurate.

3.2 Sources of errors

3.3 Measures on confidence limits/accuracy

4. Comparison

4.1 Comparison between periods

Comparison between years is common and is regarded as reliable.

4.2 Comparison with other statistics

The EU and EFTA countries

4.3 Coherence between preliminary and final statistics

No preliminary figures.

5. Access to information

5.1 Forms of dissemination

Statistics, categorised statistical web tables
Statistical Yearbook of Iceland, Landshagir

5.2 Basic data; storage and usability

The data is received and preserved in Excel format.

5.3 Reports

5.4 Other information

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