Australian road accident report April 2022
The Australian Government released some sobering news in April 2022: road fatalities spiked 2.7-percent in the last 12 months – the largest increase in incidents since 2018. More than 1100 people have died in road accidents since February 2021.
Although there was a drop in the number of road deaths from 2018 to 2020, there has been an increase in casualties over the last two years. Now, a 4.4-percent annual fatality rate per 100,000 people is recorded.
Speeding is still an issue and the top cause of fatal accidents in Australia – 140 drivers were travelling at 110 or more kilometres per hour when they crashed.
The 40 to 64 age group had the most road accident deaths and the type of accidents this age group are commonly involved in are nose-to-tail crashes and sideswipes.
The second-highest category of fatalities by age was 17 to 25 and men made up just over two-thirds of serious injuries. Many studies in Australia over the past 10 years confirm that young men were involved in substantially more road crashes than young women.
Research suggests that this comes down to physiological, psychological and behavioural differences associated with age, which increases the risk-taking behaviours. However, because of the lack of neurological development and driving inexperience, this puts younger drivers more at risk.
Over the years, MRI studies have shown the male brain doesn’t fully develop until 25, while the woman’s brain matures at 21.
Weekdays saw the most accidents, compared to weekends and evenings.
Road accidents peaked on weekdays between Monday 6am and Friday 6pm.
Surprisingly, weekends (405 deaths) and driving at night (421 deaths) recorded fewer fatal crashes than weekdays.
Fatal road accidents happen all across Australia with thousands impacted each year. New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory experienced a rise in fatal road accidents in the last 12 months. Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory reported a slight decrease, while South Australia casualties dropped by half from March 2021 to March 2022.
Speeding, distracted and fatigued driving are the biggest killers on our roads.
Whether it’s travelling faster than the legal limit, using smartphones, eating or applying makeup while driving, or getting behind the wheel when you’re not adequately rested, drivers are still breaking the rules and not paying attention.
Young drivers are the top culprits for using their mobile phones while driving, leading to serious and tragic accidents. In particular, the 18 to 24 and 25 to 39 age groups reported the highest use of using mobile phones behind the wheel.
The 18 to 24-year-old drivers are twice as likely to receive a speeding fine as well. Despite speeding being the number one killer on our roads, 25-percent of Australians reported last year they would like to see the speed limits increase.
One in five Australians admitted to driving tired at least once a week. Fatigued driving is caused by lack of quality sleep, extended periods of driving and/or overworked schedules.
The foregoing April-2022 accident report was summarised for OTA by Savvy Finance.
“While speeding is the number one culprit leading to car accidents, the increase in fatalities over the last 12 months is also stimulated by distraction,” said CEO of Savvy Finance Bill Tsouvalas.
“More Australians are experiencing stress, causing people to be more distracted behind the wheel.”
Bill Tsouvalas also pointed out the need for appropriate insurance, should an accident occur.