The number of deaths from fatal car accidents on NSW roads in January was the lowest it has been since records began, according to Transport for NSW.
The transport authority revealed yesterday (February 4) that there were 15 fatalities on the state’s roads last month, 15 less than in January 2012.
This will be welcome news, with January is often a busy time on the nation’s roads.
In a month which normally sees many Australians returning home after being away over the holiday period as well as the extra activity on Australia Day weekend and with school restarting, a record low road toll may seem like an unexpected bonus.
General manager of the Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety Marg Prendergast said that if only one life was lost in 2013’s first month, that would have been too many.
Nonetheless, she revealed that January could end up with the lowest NSW road toll since the statistics were first collected on a monthly basis in 1936.
“We can confirm based on the provisional figures as at 1 February that this January has had a very low road toll, not just for recent months, but for any month of any year over the past three-quarters of a century,” said Ms Prendergast in a statement.
Ms Prendergast said that while the fall in the number of deaths on NSW roads was pleasing, the road toll didn’t tell the whole story about road safety.
“Although there were zero deaths on our roads over the Australia Day long weekend, there were almost 700 major crashes and 196 injuries,” she said.
Reducing the level of serious injury sustained in car accidents continues to be “a key challenge” for the NSW government.
“The message to drivers is to remain vigilant and always act responsibly on our roads – for your safety and that of your family and other road users.”
Since yesterday morning, NSW Police have reported three incidents on the state’s roads – two fatal motorcycle accidents and one serious two vehicle collision which left three people with minor injuries and a fourth in intensive care.
When someone is injured in a car accident, the road to recovery can sometimes be a long and hard one.
Head injuries, broken bones and whiplash are just some of the possible consequences of vehicle collisions.
In NSW it is possible to secure car accident compensation for your injuries if you were not at fault or only partially at fault for the crash.