More people are injured in car accidents during the afternoon peak traffic periods than at any other time of day, new research has revealed.
Suncorp and GIO Insurance analysed 6,000 compulsory third-party (CTP) cover claims in NSW and 4,000 in Queensland to identify the most dangerous hours to be on the roads.
The research covered various regions across the two states, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and regional Queensland, as well as Sydney, Western Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and regional NSW.
In every area, between 26 and 30 per cent of all injury-causing collisions occurred in the afternoons. Fridays were the most hazardous day in five of the nine locations, while Mondays took the top spot in Sydney and Western Sydney.
Both NSW and Queensland have experienced a rise in fatal car accidents, with the states already reporting 105 and 67 deaths, respectively, in 2018. This is a 20 per cent increase for NSW and 13 per cent in the Sunshine State from this time last year.
The Suncorp and GIO statistics offer some insight into motor vehicle crash trends, with Suncorp spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson claiming driver distraction and impatience are key contributors to accidents.
"Most injuries on our roads are happening at the start and end of the working week, when commuters are rushing to get home. Friday afternoon is when people are often exhausted from the week and feeling impatient behind the wheel," she said.
"Failing to give way on the road and tailgating are often a result of impatient driving and are contributing factors to many of these accidents."
Other major risks include failing to wear a seatbelt; driving while fatigued, drunk or under the influence of drugs; and being distracted by a mobile device.
According to the Suncorp data, more than half of injuries in NSW are minor, while one in eight are moderate. The results included motor vehicle drivers and passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Transport for NSW research shows 393 people lost their lives on the state's roads in 2017, which was 13 more than in the previous year. With the road toll already 18 higher in 2018 than at the same time last year, fatalities could be set to rise again.
Those who suffer car accident injuries in NSW may be entitled to compensation, so please contact Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers to find out if you are eligible.