Afternoon most dangerous time to be on NSW roads


IO claims statistics reveal most injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents occur during afternoon peak

New South Wales road users are more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle accident during the afternoon than at any other time of the day, according to new data from GIO Insurance.

Monday and Friday top the list for being the worst days of the week for motor vehicle accident injuries on NSW roads.

GIO analysed more than 6,000 Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance claims in NSW from September 2016 to October 2017, to shine a light on the exact day and time when people were getting injured in motor vehicle accidents across the state.

The data incorporates injuries to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and passengers:

NSW*

Location

Worst day of week

Most dangerous time of week

% Accidents in afternoon

Sydney

Monday

Afternoon

26%

Western Sydney

Monday

Afternoon

30%

Newcastle

Friday

Afternoon

26%

Hunter Valley

Friday

Afternoon

26%

Regional NSW

Friday

Afternoon

27%

Mondays are the most dangerous day for motor vehicle accident injuries in Sydney and Western Sydney, while Friday is the worst day to be on the roads in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Regional NSW.

"Most injuries on our roads are happening at the start and end of the working week, when commuters are rushing to get home. Friday afternoon is when people are most tired, often exhausted from the week and feeling impatient behind the wheel," said GIO spokesperson Alexandra Foley.

"Failing to give way on the road and tailgating are often a result of impatient driving and are contributing factors to many of these accidents."

"All of these issues highlight what the risks are on NSW roads," said a NSW Police spokesperson.

"We know that speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt or proper helmet, driving fatigued or distracted by a mobile phone all lead to serious injury and fatal crashes."

"Last year, 393 people lost their lives on NSW roads, 13 more than the previous year. Clearly, we all need to do more to drive down the road toll in NSW." In Sydney metropolitan area, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley a quarter (26 per cent) of all injury-causing accidents occur during the afternoon peak, while in Western Sydney the proportion is slightly higher with almost a third (30 per cent) of road users reporting some form of injury from a crash during this time.

In regional NSW more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all injuries resulting from road accidents happen in the afternoon. The data revealed Friday afternoon, followed by Sunday afternoon and Saturday morning as the most dangerous periods across the week that lead to the most injuries.

"A lot of the time it can come down to drivers being distracted and not paying attention to what’s around them," Ms Foley said. "A split-second loss of concentration or misjudgement is all it takes to cause an accident that can lead to devastating long-term injuries or worse. It affects more than just the injured people; it affects families and whole communities."

When it comes to severity of injuries, almost half (45 per cent) of all injury claims in NSW are minor, while one in eight (13 per cent) are moderate.*

* Data does not include at fault drivers, except when they've suffered a catastrophic injury.