TIRF Report On Distraction-Related Fatal Collisions

Distraction-Related Fatal Collisions, 2000-2015: Traffic Injury Research Foundation report

Ottawa, ON (Sept. 18, 2018) – Distracted driving has increasingly become a top road safety priority in Canada in recent years. This is perhaps not surprising, as some Canadian jurisdictions have reported that distracted driving fatalities have surpassed impaired driving fatalities (although some of this growth may be due to improvements in data collection).

This fact sheet, sponsored by Desjardins Insurance, examines the magnitude and trends in the role of driver distraction in motor vehicle fatalities in Canada from 2000 to 2015. Data from TIRF’s National Fatality Database were used to prepare this fact sheet which explores trends in the role of driver distraction among fatally injured victims, and the characteristics of fatally injured distracted drivers.

Other topics that are examined include collision characteristics of crashes resulting in distraction-related fatalities such as time of day, day of week, season, and the number of vehicle occupants.

Although distracted driving is often associated with phoning or texting, there are other behaviours or events that can distract persons from the driving task. These include being engaged with entertainment or communication devices, engaging with passengers in the vehicle, or eating, smoking or personal grooming while driving.

For more information, including a number of charts and breakdowns, access the full TIRF report:
Distraction-Related Fatal Collisions, 2000-2015.

About the Traffic Injury Research Foundation

The mission of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. TIRF is an independent, charitable road safety research institute. Since its inception in 1964, TIRF has become internationally recognized for its accomplishments in identifying the causes of road crashes and developing programs and policies to address them effectively.


Production of this fact sheet was made possible through the sponsorship of Desjardins Insurance. Data used in this fact sheet come from TIRF’s National Fatality Database, which is also maintained with funding from Desjardins Insurance.

SOURCE: Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)

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