AAMI has recently released its annual Crash Index Report which details the number and type of motor vehicle accidents that have occurred on Australian roads in the past year. Unfortunately, the report has reiterated the significant dangers that Australian drivers face each and every day on the roads – much of which can be prevented.
What did the report find?
The 2018 Crash Index analysed data from more than 360,000 insurance claims in the 12 months to June 2018. Of its findings, one particular statistic has struck a chord with road safety officials around the country: the most common type of accident.
AAMI discovered that nose-to-tail collisions accounted for almost one third of road traffic accidents in NSW and nationally. These types of collisions often occur as a result of distraction, impatience and tail-gating – all of which fall under the human error umbrella.
Speaking to news outlets, AAMI spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson explained the dangers that inattention can have whilst driving.
"Taking your eyes off the road for just a split-second can have devastating consequences and even the smallest distraction can be deadly. It's just not worth the risk," said Paterson.
In NSW alone, rear end collisions continue to make the top five in the major crash type list and show that fatalities can occur as a result of negligent driving. As a result, the state had the highest number of road-related fatalities in each year from 2008-2017, with 29 per cent of deaths in that time period, according to Budget Direct.
While human error plays a great part in these high figures, what else is being done to reduce the number of road traffic deaths on NSW roads?
A new government initiative
In a bid to improve safety on NSW roads, the state government has set a target to reduce annual road deaths and serious injuries by at least 30 per cent by 2021. This is part of the wider Road Safety Plan 2021 which includes a number of targeted and proven initiatives that all work towards a longer-term goal of zero road toll. This simply translates to 'zero lives lost on NSW roads'.
In the meantime however, there are still a significant number of people in NSW living with injuries sustained as a result of other driver's negligent behaviour.
If you are living with the physical and physiological effects of a motor vehicle accident that wasn't your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Get in touch with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Gerard Malouf & Partners to see how we can help.