On Australia’s congested and dangerous roads, it is often difficult for authorities to make a difference to the growing road toll.
In statistics recently released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), however, it seems that Australians are beginning to listen to the bombardment of safety messages and education campaigns. For the first time since 1945, the national road fatality rate fell to below 5.0 deaths per 100,000 people.
This is a remarkable figure for the country considering the poor road toll rate in recent years. All states and territories witnessed a fall in car accidents and fatalities in the last five years, according to the statistics – ranging from 13 per cent in Victoria to 38 per cent in the ACT.
It is also interesting to note that the number of young adults (17-25) killed on national roads has decreased 48 per cent in the last five years. This is understood to be a result of stricter driver licence tests and the younger generation picking up on safer driving messages.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jaime Briggs, explained that 1,157 people have been killed in the past 12 months to July and this is a figure that is still too high.
“Every death on our roads is a terrible tragedy – not only for families and friends who are directly affected, but for local communities and the broader Australian economy,” he said in August 18 media statement.
“Although the downward trend of these statistics is encouraging, the Australian government is committed to doing more to ensure our transport networks are safer and more productive across urban and regional Australia.”
To reduce car accidents and further fatalities, the government plans to improve infrastructure. This includes $500 million towards the Black Spot Programme and another $2.1 billion for the Roads to Recovery.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident and suffer a whiplash injury, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.