The most common types of motor vehicle accident in NSW are nose-to-tail crashes, new research from insurance firm AAMI has revealed.
Otherwise known as rear-end collisions, these incidents comprise 30.8 per cent of all car accident claims that the company handled across 2016-17. This was slightly above the national average (30.7 per cent) but lower than in Victoria, which had the highest rate of nose-to-tail crashes at 33.3 per cent.
Car accidents remain one of the country’s biggest killers among children and young adults. They are the leading cause of death for those aged between one and 14 and the second most common for 15-to-24-year-olds, according to statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Michael Mills, AAMI spokesperson, said driver distraction is the main contributing factor behind nose-to-tail accidents and incidents involving parked vehicles.
“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,” he explained.
“Maintaining a good distance between you and the car in front is one of the most effective ways of keeping yourself and others safe, and allows additional time to stop if the car in front suddenly brakes.”
Previous AAMI research revealed that nearly one-quarter of drivers had a near miss within the last year because they weren’t paying attention behind the wheel.
A further 28 per cent of motorists confirmed they had been honked at for not moving off in time from a stationary position due to distractions.
But distracted driving wasn’t the only reason for crashes in NSW. AAMI also found that 25 per cent of motorists were involved in accidents because of failure to give way, which Mr Mills suggested was often the result of impatience.
“If you get behind the wheel of a car you should be concentrating on what’s in front of you, what’s happening around you and driving to the conditions,” he added.
Other common reasons for crashing in NSW were collisions while reversing (11.8 per cent) and hitting stationary objects (16.9 per cent).
People who are injured in car accidents in the state could be entitled to compensation, whether they are the driver, a passenger or another type of road user, such as a pedestrian.
Would you like to know if you are eligible for motor vehicle accident compensation? Please contact a member of our team at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers.