In the past few years, the severity of car crashes over the holiday period has almost doubled and as Christmas draws near it’s vital families who are driving around Queensland stay safe on the road.
In the holiday period between 2012 and 2013, all of the recorded crashes that occurred resulted in hospitalisation or fatality. Although these statistics have improved in the past few years, 47% of the incidents over the holiday period in the past 5 years still led to these devastating results, with a 60% increase in the chance of a crash leading to a fatality.
As thousands of Queenslanders pack their cars and head on holidays, the number of drivers on the road drastically increases. So that you can stay safe and protect your family, it’s important to know the worst areas in Queensland for holiday driving, as detailed below.
Major Risks: Multi-Car Crashes, Story Bridge
During the holiday periods over the past 15 years, 1 in every 4 crashes that occurred in Queensland happened in Brisbane, with over half of these involving multiple cars. While multi-car crashes have decreased slightly over the last few years, drivers need to be vigilant in ensuring they’re wary of the high risk areas.
The worst area in Brisbane for incidents is around the Story Bridge, with the Fortitude Valley end of the bridge and the intersection between Ipswich Road and Stanley Street recording the most frequent crashes.
On the South Side, the Logan Road/Kessels Rd intersection saw a high crash rate and the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road/Gateway Motorway Crossover also reported a sizable number of incidents.
For Brisbane’s North Side, the Gympie Road/Webster Road intersection is a high risk zone as well as the Bridge St/Marne Rd intersection.
Major Risks: Pine St
Ipswich has seen a rise in head on collisions over the past 4 years, although hospitalisations and fatalities are lower than the rest of Queensland. When travelling through Ipswich, it’s vital that you’re cautious when driving along Pine St as it has been found to be the most dangerous road in the entirety of Queensland, with almost double the number of crashes of any other one location in Queensland.
The David Trumpy Bridge section of Pine St, the Terrace roundabout and the area north of the Delacy St intersection are the 3 major risk zones along Pine St. If you’re driving through Ipswich, it’s best to avoid Pine St during peak hours by taking alternate routes or looking into carpooling or public transport to reduce the number of cars on the road.
The Niemeyer Rd T-junction along the Warrego Highway near Gatton is also another high risk area that drivers should be cautious of when driving through.
Major Risks: Overturns, Pedestrian Collisions
Over the past 10 years, the Gold Coast has seen a higher rate of hospitalisations and fatalities during the holiday period compared to the rest of Queensland, increasing further over the past 4 years. Overturns have also increased in the past 4 years, as well as pedestrian collisions. These facts really hit home and if you’re holidaying on the Gold Coast, you and your family need to take extra care when driving and crossing the road.
On the Gold Coast, the roads to look out for are the T-junction where Australia Ave meets the Gold Coast Highway and the Markeri St/Sunshine Blvd intersection.
Major Risks: Head On Collisions
On the Sunshine Coast, drivers are more likely to have a head on collision or overturn their vehicle and over the last 4 years crashes have resulted in almost double the fatalities compared to the rest of Queensland. This is most likely due to the single lane roads that are dominant around this area, so drivers should be wary of cars veering out of their lanes and oncoming traffic.
The most dangerous location in the Sunshine Coast for car crashes is the Nicklin Way/Jessica Rd intersection in Minyama and motorists should be wary when travelling through this area.
Major Risks: Pedestrian Collisions
In North Queensland multi-car collisions and overturned vehicles have decreased over the past few years, which is good news for those holidaying in this tropical paradise. However pedestrians have the highest risk in Queensland of being hit by a car, so if you’re travelling north for Christmas, keep an eye out when walking near main roads.
In Mackay, the Beaconsfield Rd E/Norris Rd intersection and the Mackay-Bucasia Rd/Holts Rd roundabout are high risk zones where drivers should be more cautious.
The Ring Rd/Riverward Dr south entrance in Townsville is also an area to be careful around, plus the Mulgrave Rd/Newell St T-junction in Cairns.
Multi-car crashes are less likely in Central Queensland with almost no chance of any head on collisions. Over the past 10 years, pedestrian collisions were the highest in Queensland, but in the past 4, this has reduced drastically. Behind the Sunshine Coast, Central Queensland has the highest risk of fatality from a crash with almost as many fatalities as the Sunshine Coast.
If you’re driving in Queensland during the holiday period, it’s important you’re wary of these high risk areas. However, it isn’t only people’s safety that is at risk during this period. Carew Lawyers see an explosion of property damage claims from car crashes every year following Christmas. Thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to people’s vehicles occur over the December and January period. These crashes can be financially devastating for families, further adding to the importance of people making sure they’re safe on the roads this holiday season.
Queensland’s roads have seen many crashes over Christmas and if everyone takes care and is aware of the locations where you need to be extra vigilant, you can ensure you and your family have an excellent holiday experience. This map highlights the locations around Queensland which pose the highest risk of crashes with an added severity rating, so you can plan your trips accordingly to ensure you have a safe holiday.
Holiday Crash Quick Facts
- Nearly 20% of Holiday Crashes in Queensland (since 2001) have happened in the past 4 years.
- 1 in 20 crashes in Brisbane in 2010-2014 involved a Pedestrian…think about that the next time you cross the road.
- Around 1 in every 2 crashes in Queensland results in hospitalisation or fatality.
- Around 30 % of crash deaths in The Sunshine Coast have occurred in the last 4 years.
- The Story Bridge Road in Brisbane and Pine Street in Ipswich are the 2 most dangerous roads in Queensland.