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Brisbane's most dangerous accident hotspots revealed

By  AAMI

Gympie Road in Chermside dishonourably crowned Brisbane’s worst crash hotspot

Gympie Road through Chermside has dishonourably been crowned Brisbane’s most dangerous stretch of road for car accidents for a second year in a row, while Mains Road in Sunnybank remains in second place for a third straight year.

According to new data revealed in AAMI’s Crash Index, Robina Town Centre is a new entrant to the hotspot list this year, while the stretches of Ipswich Road through Annerley and Logan Rd in Mount Gravatt have consistently featured in the top five for the past three years.

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

Road

Suburb

1. Gympie Road

Chermside

2. Mains Road

Sunnybank

3. Ipswich Road

Annerley

4. Robina Town Centre

Robina

5. Logan Road

Mount Gravatt

“Each of the crash hotspots in Brisbane lead in and out of the city or connect with other major roads,” AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said.  

“Commonalities between these roads are a high number of major intersections and heavy traffic throughout the day, with many roads carrying lots of freight traffic.

“Shopping centres and hospitals are also contributing factors, with a mix of traffic constantly entering and exiting many of these areas, making them prone to congestion, particularly at peak times.”

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.”

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 collision 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.