Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

On-Road Motor Vehicle Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations
Deaths

This HealthSTATS page provides data on injuries to occupants of on-road motor vehicles including cars, vans, pick-up trucks, buses and heavy transport vehicles. This page excludes injures to motorcycle drivers and passengers and off-road vehicle drivers or passengers. It also excludes injuries to pedestrians and cyclists that were involved in a collision with an on-road motor vehicle. Injuries resulting from both traffic and non-traffic on-road motor vehicle collisions are included in this page.

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), there were nearly 2,800 emergency visits for occupants of on-road motor vehicles injured in transport accidents in Simcoe Muskoka in 2017.

The age-standardized rate for on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 505.1 (486.4, 524.3) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 418.8 (415.4, 422.2) visits per 100,000 population.

There was a significant downward trend in the on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario over the ten-year period from 2003 to 2012; however, the rates have increased significantly since 2012 in both Simcoe Muskoka and the province as a whole. The Simcoe Muskoka on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were significantly higher than the provincial rates for the entire 15-year period from 2003 to 2017.

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The age-standardized rate for on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2017 was 456.1 (431.1, 482.1) visits per 100,000, which was significantly lower than the Simcoe Muskoka female rate of 554.9 (527.2, 583.8) visits per 100,000. The 2017 on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates for Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the comparable local rates.

There was a significant downward trend in the on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka for both males and females over the ten-year period from 2003 to 2012, followed by a small but significant increase in the rates from 2012 to 2017. The female on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were significantly higher than the male rates for the entire 15-year period from 2003 to 2017.

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The age-specific rate for on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20 to 44 years of age at 706.6 (688.8, 724.8) visits per 100,000. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for children and youth (younger than 20 years of age) and younger adults (20 to 44 years of age).

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For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, on-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates among those living in neighbourhoods with lowest prevalence of low-income were significantly lower when compared with those living in all other areas.

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Hospitalizations

In 2017, there were over 200 hospitalizations for on-road motor vehicle related injuries in Simcoe Muskoka. The age-standardized rate for on-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2017 was 36.3 (31.5, 41.6) admissions per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 24.6 (23.8, 25.4) admissions per 100,000 population.

There was a significant downward trend in the on-road motor vehicle injury hospitalization rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario from 2003 to 2013; however, from 2013 to 2017 this trend has reverse with significant increases both locally and provincially with the Simcoe Muskoka rates increasing significantly faster than the province as a whole. The Simcoe Muskoka on-road motor vehicle injury hospitalization rates were above the provincial rates for the entire time period from 2003 to 2017.

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The age-specific rate for on-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among seniors 75 years of age and older at 56.9 (47.3, 68.0) admissions per 100,000. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for the population under 65 years of age for this five-year period of time. The on-road motor vehicle injury hospitalization rates for males in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the comparable female rates for adults 20 to 64 years of age.

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Deaths

Over the 16-year period between 2000 and 2015, 149 occupants of on-road motor vehicles in Simcoe Muskoka died in transport accidents. Two-thirds of the decedents were males and 40 per cent were adults between 20 and 44 years of age.

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Between 2000 and 2015, the age-standardized on-road motor vehicle mortality rate in Simcoe Muskoka (1.88 (1.58, 2.19) deaths per 100,000) was significantly higher than the comparable provincial rate (1.49 (1.43, 1.54) deaths per 100,000). On-road motor vehicle mortality rates in Simcoe Muskoka among children and youth (under 20 years of age) and younger adults (20 to 44 years of age) have declined significantly when comparing the most recent eight-years of data (2008 to 2015) with the previous eight-years (2000 to 2007).

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The death data come from the Vital Statistics database for Ontario.