The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development recently released its Road Deaths Australia December 2019 report, which revealed some startling facts: Simply put, the roads have been getting more dangerous in Australia.
A rise in annual fatality
December 2019 had 107 road deaths and fatal road crashes for the month, which is two higher than the average of 105 for December over the past five years. The past 12 months saw 1,188 people lose their lives to road deaths and crashes. This represents a 4.7% year-over-year increase compared to December 2018.
Further, there’s been a rise in the annual fatality rate, which rose from 3.1% per 100,000 members of the population to 4.7% compared to the 12-month period ending December 2018. NSW had the highest incidence of traffic deaths, with 352 during 2019 – a 1.4% increase over the previous year. Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia also all recorded a higher number of traffic fatalities.
At -11.4%, Queensland recorded the largest drop in fatalities from 2018 to 2019. Meanwhile, South Australia experienced the largest increase in road deaths, jumping a staggering 42.5% for the year. Overall, South Australia is experiencing its deadliest year since 2010. The 111 lives lost on the road during 2019 are the highest since 118 died in 2010.
The Compensation to Relatives Act
Even though some states and territories saw declines in traffic fatalities, the data shows that the risk remains as real as ever. This also includes the chance of non-fatal car crashes, which can lead to serious injuries, medical expenses, loss of income and significant pain and suffering.
If someone dies because of a traffic fatality, the family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation. In addition to the Motor Accidents Compensation Act, the Compensation to Relatives Act provides a legal mechanism for financial support for those who lost someone on whom they were dependent due to a fatal car accident. This includes relatives – specifically, spouses, siblings, parents or children.
If a fatal car accident took the life of a loved one or someone you were dependent on, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced personal injury law firm of Gerard Malouf & Partners to find out what to do in the event of the loss of a loved one due to an automobile accident.