For road users all around Australia and the world, motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate reality. Every year, dedicated law makers, police officers and public campaigners do their best to reduce the impact that traffic accidents have on our lives. As well as this, first-line responders like paramedics, ambulances and firefighters work diligently to protect our most vulnerable road users.
On behalf of all Australians, we thank all of these parties for their work, and in Queensland the effects are showing. The average fatalities from road crashes are down 6.8% in 2015 compared to the previous 5 years. This isn’t the complete story though, and today we’re going to look a bit deeper in to road safety in Queensland.
Road Accident Fatalities in Queensland – an Overview
Please note that today’s article will be exploring fatalities in road accidents. If this topic causes you distress, we recommend talking to a family member or calling the caring professionals at Griefline on 1300 845 745.
The following data has been compiled using a Queensland government report into weekly road crashes.
While road fatalities in Queensland are trending downwards compared to the last 5 years on average, total fatalities have increased by 5.6% in 2015, compared to 2014.
Drivers are consistently at the highest risk, while there have only been 3 bicycle rider and pillion fatalities to December 6, 2015. This number is down 66.7% on 2014, and more than 67% on a 5-year average, representing a hopeful trend for bicycle riders. You can see this data represented in the table below.
Factors in Road Traffic Fatalities
Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while fatigued are three of the major factors that result in road crashes and fatalities.
Speeding has consistently been the most prominent of these factors, accounting for 29.1% of road fatalities in 2014.
This is compared to drink driving (19.3%) and fatigue related crashes (13.9%).
From 2013 – 2014, speed related accidents experienced a significant increase (38.3%), while both drink driving fatalities (-32.8%) and fatigue related crashes (-24.4%) trended downwards.
Figures up to July 2015 show that speed and drinking related are major causes for fatalities this year (25.2% and 24.5%) compared to fatigue-related incidences (12.2% in 2015).
State by State Comparisons
The Queensland Government report also outlined how Queensland compared with other states and territories. The following information measures fatalities per 100,000 population up to October 31, 2015.
According to this data, Queensland ranks 5th out of 8 in fatalities per 100,000 population during this time with 4.95 fatalities per 100,000.
This is compared to the Northern Territory (18.45) and the ACT (3.07) who have the highest and lowest fatalities per 100,000. You can see this data represented in the table below.
Queensland was also among 5 states that experienced an increase in this stat compared to 2014, with only Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania reducing their fatalities per 100,000.
Australia’s overall fatalities per 100,000 population for motor vehicle accidents is 5.08 in 2015.