The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has released its latest analysis of Australian road toll statistics, revealing that more people died in road accidents in the first three months of 2013 than the same period last year.
According to the AAA’s most recent Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety (NRSS) document, at the end of March, the road toll this year was 3.9 per cent higher than at the same point in 2012.
“This is a tragic start to the year, demonstrating more must be done to improve road safety,” said AAA executive director Andrew McKellar in a May 3 statement.
Introduced in May 2011 by the Australian Transport Council, the NRSS aims to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in road fatalities and serious car accident injuries by the end of this decade.
All governments agreed to implement a series of measures to make Australian roads safer, yet Mr McKellar said that there was still a way to go.
“There has been no significant reduction in road deaths since the commencement of the strategy and the number of drivers and motorcyclists killed on our roads has increased dramatically,” he stated.
In New South Wales, there were 371 road fatalities in the 12 months to the end of March 2013. This was up on the 365 deaths recorded in the year to March 2012, an increase of 1.6 per cent.
Nationally, there were 1,320 road deaths in the year to April, comprising 643 drivers, 249 passengers, 164 pedestrians, 223 motorcyclists and 41 cyclists.
“Australia is not on track to reach its target to reduce deaths, meaning urgent and co-ordinated action is required from governments.”
On a more personal level, Mr McKellar urged all Australians to make road safety a key issue when they go to the polls in September’s federal election.
Anyone that suffers injuries due to a car accident in NSW may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, loss of income or more.
Car accident compensation can extend to non-economic loss in some cases, such as compensation for pain and suffering or for loss of enjoyment of life.
When the victim was not in the wrong, or only partially to blame for the accident, compensation may be a real possibility.