Hundreds of Australians are injured or killed on the road every year, often through no fault of their own. That's why practising safe driving is essential not only for yourself but for other road users.
Unfortunately some roads are less safe than others, so knowing where the motor accident injury hotspots are in your area can help you to be even more aware of the road.
Logan Road at Mount Gravatt has been announced as the worst southeast Queensland accident hotspot. Along the 2.1km stretch of road, there is an average of one accident every three days, with over 111 accidents in 2011-2012 alone.
Mains Road at Sunnybank is the second worst southeast Queensland road accident spot. In 12 months there were 102 crashes reported by AAMI insurance. As with all of the road accident hotspots, Mains Road experiences high traffic and fast speed limits.
In 2011-2012, there are 89 traffic accidents reported at Gympie Road, Aspley. Once again, high speeds and traffic were the leading cause of the accidents.
The Gold Coast Highway is the main road connecting the Gold Coast region, so naturally there is a lot of traffic throughout the day. However, it is along this road that you’ll find the fourth most dangerous road spot in southeast Queensland. There were 64 accidents there between 2011-2012 - more than one a week.
The final road accident hotspot is Ipswich Road at Annerley, with around 61 accidents between 2011-2012. Reports have suggested that the cause for the accidents is that the traffic at the intersection at Venner Road far exceeds the traffic light configuration and timing.
While you can try to avoid motor accident hotspots this isn’t always possible - particularly as many of them are main roads. However, following correct safety measures you can minimise your risk of an accident.
It only takes a momentary lapse in concentration for an accident to occur. Never drive when you are tired, take regular breaks if you are travelling long distances and never use your mobile phone while driving.
While we have mentioned five of the worst hotspots in southeast Queensland, there are hundreds more so please stay alert at all times when driving.