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Sydney's most dangerous accident hotspots revealed


Hume Highway in Liverpool dishonourably crowned Sydney’s worst crash hotspot

Hume Highway in Liverpool has knocked Pacific Highway in Chatswood off its perch as the worst crash hotspot in Sydney, according to new data revealed in AAMI’s Crash Index.

The stretch of the Hume Highway running through Liverpool has moved up from third place last year to claim the number one spot for a second time in three years, while M4 Motorway through Parramatta is the second most dangerous stretch of road.

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

Road

Suburb

1. Hume Highway

Liverpool

2. M4 Motorway

Parramatta

3. Princes Highway

Rockdale

4. Epping Road

North Ryde

5. Pacific Highway

Chatswood

"Each of the hotspots in Sydney are multi-lane roads which link to major shopping centres or hubs and carry a lot of trucks, busses and trailers." AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison said.

"Infrastructure development around Hume Highway in Liverpool and development of Parramatta as Sydney's second CBD are creating higher levels of traffic and congestion in these areas. Population growth in Greater Western Sydney also contributes to increased traffic volumes and congestion."

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."

"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.

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