Over the past 15 years, there have been just under 70,000 recorded motor vehicle accidents in the Brisbane City region and as the holiday period winds down, it’s vital drivers remember that remaining vigilant on the road is a year-round concern. While we need to stay alert no matter where we are when we’re behind the wheel, there are certain roads around Brisbane that are particularly dangerous and as such, motorists should take extra care in these areas.
The Gateway Arterial Road is the most accident prone in all of Brisbane with just over 2,200 crashes recorded between 2001 and 2014, half of which resulted in hospitalisation or medical treatment. While these crashes were spread throughout the years quite evenly, Mondays and Fridays were the two days that people were most likely to find themselves in an accident. Peak hours saw the most crashes along this road, particularly from 5 to 9am and 1 to 6pm. More often than not, these crashes involved multiple vehicles and occurred in the Boondal, Belmont, Rochedale and Eagle Farm areas. Ensure that when driving through these suburbs along the Gateway Arterial Road you’re particularly attentive.
The other arterial roads in Brisbane that saw the most crashes over this timeframe were the South-East Arterial Road, the Gympie Arterial Road, the Griffith Arterial Road and the East-West Arterial Road. Motorists are advised to take extra care along these roads, especially during peak traffic hours.
Ann Street in the CBD has also seen a large amount of crashes in the past 15 years, with around 800 recorded. Friday and Saturday saw the highest rate of crashes, with Sunday a close second. These occurred relatively evenly throughout the day with 4pm being the highest crash time, indicating that no matter what time you’re driving on Ann Street, you should always be careful. Of the crashes, most of them were at an angle, however 20% included pedestrians, highlighting how important it is that you take care when crossing the road in the CBD. The intersection with George Street proved to be the most crash prone, with the intersection with Gipps Street and Wharf following closely.
Ipswich Road is also a major crash zone in Brisbane that motorists should be wary of. Over half of the crashes that occurred along this road from 2001 to 2014 resulted in hospitalisation, medical treatment or death. November is the worst period of the year for incidents along this road, with higher instances of crashes occurring during the working week. From 2 to 5pm is the most dangerous period of the day, with 8pm also showing a spike in instances of collisions. The Juliette Street intersection proved to be the most accident prone, with the Villa Street, Waterton Street and O’Keefe Street intersections following.
Also on the South Side, Logan Road remains one of Brisbane’s most dangerous streets with over 600 crashes since 2001. Of these, 60% resulted in injury, medical treatment, hospitalisation or fatality. The majority of the crashes involved multiple vehicles and occurred in Mount Gravatt, with incidents throughout Greenslopes, Holland Park West, Upper Mount Gravatt and Woolloongabba spread fairly evenly. While many of the crashes occurred at an angle, it was cars rear-ending each other that saw the highest numbers. Surprisingly, Wednesdays have a slight spike in crashes, with 3pm and 8pm being the most dangerous times of the day.
North of the city, Lutwyche Road saw over 600 crashes from 2001 to 2014, making it another Brisbane road that is dangerous to motorists. Around 400 of these occurred in Windsor, with close to 200 in Lutwyche, indicating drivers should be especially careful when driving through the Windsor section of this road. Data shows 60% of the crashes resulted in hospitalisation, medical treatment or death, with an additional 16% suffering from minor injuries. While the incidents occurred fairly evenly throughout the year, July has proven to be the most dangerous period, with Thursdays and Fridays the most dangerous days. It is advised that drivers avoid Lutwyche Road from 2pm through to 5pm as of all the crashes along this road, 25% were between these times. The intersection with Newmarket Road has the highest risk for accidents by a significant margin, with the Northey Street and Maygar Street intersections following.
Whether you’ve lived in Brisbane your whole life or you’re a newcomer learning the city, it’s vital you’re aware of the high risk roads when behind the wheel. If we’re all vigilant and take care when driving through these risky zones, we can hopefully reduce the number of serious crashes on Brisbane roads and create a safer community for all.