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AAMI reveals Melbourne's worst accident hotspots


Springvale Road in Glen Waverly is the nation’s number one accident hotspot

Springvale Road in Glen Waverly is the most notorious stretch of road in Melbourne for car accidents, according to new data revealed by national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual AAMI Crash Index.

Springvale Road has returned to the top of the list of worst hotspots for motor accidents in Australia, followed by Plenty Road in Bundoora which remains the nation’s second worst section of road.

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

Road

Suburb

1. Springvale Road

Glen Waverley

2. Plenty Road

Bundoora

3. Springvale Road

Springvale

4. Bell Street

Preston

5. Doncaster Road

Doncaster

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

AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explains: “All the crash hotspots in Melbourne feature relatively high speed limits and a high volume of traffic at peak and off-peak times. Other factors these roads have in common are a high proportion of traffic lights and intersections, resulting in frequent stop start traffic.”

Mr Aitchison said nearby shopping complexes were also a contributing factor.

“Each roadway has shopping strips on at least partial stretches of the road, with major shopping centres on Springvale Rd in Glen Waverley and Doncaster road in Doncaster, leading to increased congestion and traffic build up.”

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 on major roads with 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 Melbourne’s top five hotspots AAMI’s claims data is showing close to three 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%).

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