No matter where or when you drive, there are always dangers that come with this everyday activity. From country highways to inner city roads, Australia has some very dangerous roads. Although, you will probably be surprised by the roads that make the top of the list. Many of these are used every day by commuters trying to get to work or home.
The Australian Automobile Association road safety report has pinpointed traffic accidents that have resulted in more than 900 deaths on Australian highways between 2010 and 2014. The main states found to have the most accidents was New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.
In first place was a 24km section of Sydney’s Western Motorway, between Concord and the M7. During the four year period, this busy road recorded 6 deaths and 788 road accidents resulting in casualties. Between 2010 and 2014 it recorded an average of 94,050 cars a day used the road.
The Hume Highway in NSW, between Casula and Campbelltown, also was high up on the list with seven people killed and 726 injured in car accidents on the large section of highway. Three parts of the Pacific Motorway in Queensland reported 23 deaths during the four years and ranked fourth, sixth and eighth out of the top 10 most dangerous roads.
Tasmania’s Bass Highway was deemed the second most dangerous, reporting one death and 67 casualties. While this may seem like a low number compared to the other roads mentioned, the road only occupied an average of 14,700 vehicles a day. East Tamar Highway and Midland Highway were also included in the top 10.
This proves the need for more safety improvements to be made to Australian roads, helping to decrease the number of casualties and deaths. The top ten most dangerous roads in Australia according to the AAA are:
- Western Motorway, from Parramatta Road, Concord, to M7 Westlink (NSW)
- Bass Highway, from Nine Mile Road to Stowport Road (Tasmania)
- Hume Motorway/Freeway, from South-Western Motorway/M5 to Narellan Road, Campbelltown (NSW)
- Pacific Motorway, from Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway (Queensland)
- East Tamar Highway, from Alanvale Connector to Dalrymple Road (Tasmania)
- Pacific Motorway, from Smith Street Freeway to NSW border (Queensland)
- Midland Highway, from Evandale Main Road to Howick Street (Tasmania)
- Pacific Motorway, from Logan Motorway to Smith Street Freeway (Queensland)
- Bruce Highway, from Sarina to Mackay (Queensland)
- Great Northern/Victoria Highway, from Kununurra turnoff to the Northern Territory border (Western Australia)
While the numbers don't look very good, New South Wales motorists will be worse off if the Government goes ahead with plans to change the Motor Accident Injuries Bill for 2017 and update the Green Slip Scheme. Drivers injured on any NSW road will see benefits slashed and capped at 5 years. This means those injured, regardless of severity will need to rely on welfare or family members to pay for rehabilitation, continued surgeries and general living expenses.
Read more about the proposed changes to the New South Wales Green Slip Scheme here.
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