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AAMI reveals Perth's worst accident hotspots

By  AAMI

Albany Highway in Cannington is Perth’s number one accident hotspot

Albany Highway in Cannington is the most notorious stretch of road in Perth for car accidents, according to new data revealed by national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual AAMI Crash Index.

Albany Highway has returned to the top of the list of worst hotspots for motor accidents in Perth, however in the last 12 months the most dangerous stretch of the road has moved from Kenwick to Cannington. 

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

Road

Suburb

1. Albany Highway

Cannington

2. Wellington Street

Perth

3. Wanneroo Road

Wanneroo

4. Canning Highway

Applecross

5. Joondalup Drive

Joondalup

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

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explains: “All the crash hotspots in Perth are heavily congested areas that experience a high volume of traffic throughout morning and afternoon peak periods. Many of these roads have had ongoing roadworks, which might explain why the top five locations are all new entries to the list this year.”

“Wellington Street in Perth and Joondalup Drive in Joondalup have had roadworks on site for some time and Wanneroo Road in Wanneroo has converging streets and multiple intersections with traffic lights that do not have turning arrows, causing a lot of drivers to become impatient and frustrated,” 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%).