If you drive along any of Sydney’s main arterial routes, you’ll understand the frustrations and stress caused by car accidents on almost an everyday basis.
However, do you know if the road that you travel on is the most dangerous in the city?
Insurance company AAMI recently released its latest Crash Index. Analysing the details of close to 240,000 insurance claims from across the country, the business was able to narrow down the top five crash hotspots in the NSW capital.
Crash Index results
Based on the figures, the Hume Highway in Liverpool is the most dangerous, leapfrogging the M4 Motorway in Parramatta and the Princes Highway at Rockdale into this year’s first spot. Epping Road in North Ryde and the Pacific Highway at Chatswood rounded out the Crash Index’s top five crash locations in Sydney.
AAMI spokesperson, Reuben Aitchison explained that Western Sydney is moving through a period of growth and this is putting pressure on the existing infrastructure.
“Infrastructure development around Hume Highway in Liverpool and development of Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD are creating higher levels of traffic and congestion in these areas. Population growth in Greater Western Sydney also contributes to increased traffic volumes and congestion,” he said in a March 18 media statement.
With this in mind though, Mr Aitchison noted the top five locations had another common denominator.
“Each of the hotspots in Sydney are multi-lane roads which link to major shopping centres or hubs and carry a lot of trucks, busses and trailers,” he stated.
Safer driving required
Mr Aitchison went onto discuss how all motorists should be concentrating on reducing car accident numbers and thus preventing injuries and fatalities.
“Our advice is simple – if you find yourself driving on one of these accident-prone stretches of road or anywhere in heavy traffic, leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front, concentrate on your driving and expect the unexpected from other road users.”
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident and receive a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most road users including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.