Australia’s most common accident types revealed in 2018 AAMI Crash Index
6 December 2018
The 2018 AAMI Crash Index has revealed that Australia’s most common type of motor vehicle accident is nose-to-tail collisions, i.e. one vehicle running into the back of another. This type of crash makes up 31 per cent of all road accidents.
The data looks at claims from one of Australia’s largest and most awarded insurers, AAMI, part of the Suncorp Network. It shows that certain states of Australia are worse than others for particular types of accidents. Take a look at the most common types of accidents in Australia and see how your state compares. It’s also important to always keep road safety front of mind to ensure you don’t end up like the thousands of Australian road users who find themselves in accidents each year.
Whether through speeding, inattention or not leaving adequate braking distance, Australian drivers crashing into the back of each other (nose-to-tail collision) occurs more than any other type of accident – making up 31 per cent of all claims. Road users not obeying the rules contributed to the second most common type of accident – with 23 per cent of all claims arising from a driver failing to give way.
Australian drivers also seem to have issues with things that aren’t in motion, including stationary objects (18 per cent of all crashes) and parked cars (eight per cent of all crashes). Not looking back is a philosophy that 12 per cent of road users involved in an accident are applying to their driving, with collisions while reversing making it into the top five most common types of accidents. And drivers hitting an animal is also cause for concern, particularly in the less densely populated areas of Australia (such as the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania) – this type of accident made up six per cent of all crashes.
Queensland is mostly on par with the national average when it comes to most types of accidents, with the exception being collisions with a stationary object. Perhaps Queensland drivers are drifting off in thought about how nice a dip in the pool or at the beach will be, regardless, they fail to avoid stationary objects more so than the national average. This highlights that being aware of your surroundings is important at all times.
Road safety tips
There are many factors that contribute to certain types of accidents being more common than others, such as higher or lower volumes of traffic and congestion, the prevalence of traffic lights, and dimly or poorly lit highways and roads. Therefore, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings, practice safe driving and remain vigilant. Here are some simple road safety tips to follow:
- Avoid distractions, such as using your mobile phone or digital device
- Pay particular attention in busy or accident-prone areas, in bad weather conditions, and at night – when it’s more likely that you may be tired, not be able to see as far ahead, or there may be wildlife on the road
- Leave a reasonable braking distance between you and the vehicle in front – this will vary depending on the weather conditions and how fast you’re travelling.
Motor vehicle accidents of all types can happen regardless of what state you live in, or how switched-on you may be, which is why making sure your Car Insurance cover and Roadside Assistance are up to date is super important.
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*Data and insights provided by AAMI, which is part of the Suncorp Network.
**AAMI Crash Index 2018 covers claims data collected between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.
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