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Perth's most dangerous accident hotspots revealed

By  AAMI

Albany Highway in Cannington dishonourably crowned Perth’s worst crash hotspot

The Albany Highway through Cannington has dishonourably been crowned Perth's most dangerous hotspot for car crashes for a second year in a row, according to new data revealed in AAMI’s Crash Index.

Joondalup Drive in Joondalup has moved up from fifth place last year to become the second worst section of road in Perth.

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

Road

Suburb

1. Albany Highway

Cannington

2. Joondalup Drive

Joondalup

3. Pinjarra Road

Mandurah

4. Nicholson Road

Canning Vale

5. Canning Highway

Como

"Each of the hotspots in Perth that AAMI has identified feature major traffic light intersections and a high volume of traffic," AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said.

"Albany Highway in Cannington has remained the number one hotspot as it is home to WA’s largest shopping complex, which creates a constant stream of traffic coming in and out of the highway.

"New entrants to this year’s hotspot list all appear to have one or more contributing factors including; multi-lane intersections, roundabouts, level crossings or high speed limits.

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 of drivers (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." 

"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."

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%

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.