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Adelaide's most dangerous accident hotspots revealed

By  AAMI

North Terrace in Adelaide has dishonourably been crowned South Australia’s most dangerous hotspot for car accidents, while West Terrace in Adelaide remains in second place for the second year in a row, according to new data revealed in AAMI’s Crash Index.

Analysis of almost 240,000 accident insurance claims across the nation in 2014 show the top five crash hotspots in Adelaide were:

Road

Suburb

1. North Terrace

Adelaide

2. West Terrace

Adelaide

3. Salisbury Highway

Salisbury

4. Main North Road

Pooraka

5. Main Road

Blackwood

“All of the crash hotspots in Adelaide are major roads with lots of traffic and congestion during peak hours”, AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said.

“Multiple sets of lights along North Terrace in Adelaide are a major cause of stop start traffic. The University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital are also located here, as are many business and shopping centre complexes, which mean vehicles are constantly entering and exiting the traffic flow.”

“A new intersection on the corner of North Terrace and West Terrace features multiple lanes travelling in opposite directions which is very confusing, particularly for drivers not familiar with the road. A new hospital complex being built on the corner is also causing added disruption with a constant stream of tradies coming and going.

“Commonalities between new entrants to this year’s hotspot list are high speed limits of 80-100km and major roads, all travelling to and from suburban areas.

Mr Aitchison said: “Our advice is simple – if you find yourself driving on one of these accident-prone stretches of road or anywhere in heavy traffic, leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front, concentrate on your driving and expect the unexpected from other road users and pedestrians.”

As part of the AAMI Crash Index, AAMI surveyed over 3,700 drivers from across the country, and discovered that almost three quarters (74%) of those who had had experienced a crash in the past five years acknowledged their most recent accident was avoidable.

Almost a third (29%) say distraction or loss of concentration played a part, while a quarter (24%) admit carelessness was a contributing factor to their accident. 

Mr Aitchison added: “Driver distraction is not a new problem, and given the increase in technology distraction we have seen in our research, it is concerning, but perhaps not surprising that the proportion of accidents caused by distractions in the car has risen from 7% to 11% in the past year.”

Top 10 Contributing Factors

1. Other driver(s)

40%

2. Distraction/Loss of concentration

29%

3. Carelessness

24%

4. Traffic Congestion

12%

5. Bad Weather

12%

6. Impatience

11%

7. Bad roads/infrastructure

11%

8. Speeding

8%

9. Fatigue

7%

10. Alcohol

7%

“On the other hand we’ve seen fewer drivers blaming other drivers for their accidents, dropping from 46% to 40% in the past year, and a steady increase over the past three years in drivers admitting their accident was avoidable. This tells us that drivers are starting to accept more responsibility for their driving behaviours and mistakes instead of finger pointing.”

Interestingly, when asked about what actions would help make Australian roads safer, three quarters (75%) of motorists said tougher penalties for unsafe driving behaviour and mandatory safe driving courses (72%) would go someway towards reducing accidents on our roads.