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AAMI reveals Adelaide's worst accident hotspots

By  AAMI

North Terrace in Adelaide has city’s highest crash rate

North Terrace in Adelaide is the most notorious stretch of road in the city for car accidents, according to new data revealed by national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual AAMI Crash Index.

North Terrace has knocked South Road in Edwardstown off the top of the list of worst spots for crashes in Adelaide, with more accidents in the last 12 months than any other, while West Terrace remains the second worst section of road. 

Between October 2012 and September 2013 the data shows that the top five crash hotspots in Adelaide are:

Road

Suburb

1. North Terrace

Adelaide

2. West Terrace

Adelaide

3. Port Road

Hindmarsh

4. Prospect Road

Prospect

5. Marion Road

Plympton

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims across the nation, show that the worst locations in Adelaide for accidents were on major roads.

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explains: “All the places we identified as hotspots are heavily congested areas that experience a high volume of traffic. Roadworks are also a contributing factor with construction work taking place for some time at all hotspots, particularly on North and West Terrace and Port Road.”

“The combination of congestion and roadworks is a recipe for disaster, causing a lot of drivers to become impatient and frustrated, and can lead to a crash,” Mr Aitchison added.

As part of the Crash Index, AAMI asked 3,726 drivers across Australia about their accident history and found that a quarter of motorists have experienced an accident in the last five years. 71% say that accident was avoidable.

Almost half (46%) of drivers blame other drivers for the cause of their crash. 23% admit to being careless while behind the wheel and nearly a third (28%) identified distraction or loss of concentration as a contributing factor, with men being the worst offenders (32%) compared to just under one in four women (24%).

Mr Aitchison said: “On the upside, we’ve seen a reduction in speeding which has almost halved from 11% to 6%. Fatigue has also reduced significantly from 10% to 6%, which indicates that road safety campaigns about how speed and fatigue kill are getting through to Aussie motorists.

Top 10 Contributing Factors

1. Other driver(s)

46%

2. Distraction/Loss of concentration

28%

3. Carelessness

23%

4. Bad Weather

12%

5. Impatience

12%

6. Traffic Congestion

10%

7. Bad roads/infrastructure

10%

8. Fatigue

6%

9. Speeding

6%

10. Animal on road

5%

“Being a safe driver means maintaining focus and staying calm behind the wheel. However, all too often when we find ourselves driving through roadworks or slow moving traffic we become impatient, speed or weave in and out of traffic lanes. If we want to see fewer accidents we need to change this behaviour,” he concluded.

The majority of accidents happen towards the end of the week with Fridays and Thursdays being the worst days for car accidents. Unsurprisingly Sundays are when we are seeing the least amount of accidents occur (9.8%).