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AAMI reveals Sydney's worst accident hotspots

By  AAMI

Pacific Highway in Chatswood has Sydney’s highest crash rate

The stretch of Pacific Highway in Chatswood is the most notorious stretch of road in Sydney for car accidents, according to new data revealed by national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual AAMI Crash Index.

Pacific Highway has knocked Hume Hwy Liverpool off the top of the list of worst hotspots for crashes in Sydney, seeing more accidents in the last 12 months than any other, while Pennant Hills Road in Pennant Hills had the second highest number of crash claims.

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

Road

Suburb

1. Pacific Highway

Chatswood

2. Pennant Hills Road

Pennant Hills

3. Hume Highway

Liverpool

4. Princes Highway

Rockdale

5. Victoria Road

Gladesville

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

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explains: “The five stretches of road we identified as hotspots are some of Sydney’s busiest roads and are notorious for congestion and bumper to bumper traffic.” 

“Most of these roads were not designed for the volume of cars or urban sprawl that now surrounds them and this is evident by the high level of congestion they experience, particularly during peak periods. A high proportion of traffic lights and intersections can be found on the majority of roads, with some, such as Hume Highway, also plagued by roadworks to widen the road, which creates more congestion itself,” Mr Aitchison said. 

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 fewer than 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 busy roads with heavy 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.

Road accidents happen every day but in Sydney’s top five hotspots AAMI’s claims data is showing on average close to two crashes per day. 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%).