NSW residents worry roads are becoming more dangerous

Date: Sep 24, 2013

Although statistics show car accident injuries can happen on any road at any time of the day, there is a near equal number of studies that confirm some roads are in fact much more dangerous to drive on than others.

While these roads are often found on long stretches where drivers are more likely to become fatigued, a radio show recently discovered that residents in New South Wales believe they are hearing about more accidents in streets around their homes.

Most recently, News Talk 4BC discussed an accident in which a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed by a truck on the street by his family's house. The family of the deceased child stated that they were crossing at the corner of Anzac Avenue and Narangba Road when a truck quickly rounded the corner and struck the boy while he was riding his bike.

Emergency officials say the boy was dead at the scene of the crash. One caller phoned into the radio show to say that corner has a history of similar accidents, and that both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of the dangers.

Another caller agreed that he believes he has heard more sirens in the neighborhood than he has anytime in the past five years.

Looking at the bigger trends

Dangerous roads in NSW have long been a point of discussion for municipal leaders. One study, conducted in 2012 by the Australian Road Assessment Program, found that the Pacific Highway was the most dangerous road in the state, and that 35 per cent of all deadly car accidents happened on this road. Surprisingly, the highway only makes up about 16 per cent of the total length of the state's roads.

The data reflected the 128 people who were killed on the stretch of road between 2005 and 2009.

As for the road with the most injuries, the F6 took the top spot, comprising 4 per cent of the 236 injurious accidents that took place in the studied period.

But one look at the news reports shows that car accident injuries are still all too common on any road. According to the Australian Associated Press, two detectives were injured on September 18 in an accident involving their unmarked police car.

An investigation showed the two officers were struck from behind, causing the car to roll several times before coming to a stop. Both officers were treated for minor injuries.

Anyone involved in such an accidents may want to get in touch with a car accident lawyer to learn about all legal options.
 

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