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Trevor Collett | Jan, 22 2014 | 2 Comments

AAMI has released data on the worst collision hot spots Australia’s capital cities, with results that will surprise few motorists familiar with the listed roads.

For Sydney, the major highways fared worst, with the Pacific Highway in Chatswood having the highest collision rate.

The choked-up Pennant Hills Road was next, followed by the Hume Highway in Liverpool, Princes Highway at Rockdale and Victoria Road in Gladesville.

Springvale Road is a dangerous place if you live in Melbourne, having both the highest and third highest collision rates at Glen Waverley and Springvale respectively.

Plenty Road in Bundoora was second on the list, followed by Bell Street in Preston and Doncaster Road in Doncaster, which came in fourth and fifth on the list.

AAMI's Reuben Aitchison said Sydney’s major hot spots were all roads that had reached capacity long ago, while Melbourne’s top five was more complicated.

“All the crash hotspots in Melbourne feature relatively high speed limits and a high volume of traffic at peak and off-peak times,” Mr Aitchison said.

“Other factors these roads have in common are a high proportion of traffic lights and intersections, resulting in frequent stop-start traffic.”

Elsewhere in Australia, Brisbane’s top three collision hot spots are Gympie Road in Chermside, Mains Road in Sunnybank and Stafford Road, Stafford.

Adelaide’s North and West Terrace were first and second on the list, with Port Road in Hindmarsh having the third-highest collision rate.

For Perth, the Albany Highway in Cannington, Wellington Street in the CBD and Wanneroo Road in Wanneroo were the worst three for collisions.

Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay was Hobart’s worst collision black spot, followed by Argyle Street and the Brooker Highway while Northbourne Avenue, Benjamin Way in Belconnen and Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick made up the top three for Canberra.

AAMI surveyed 3726 drivers across Australia, with a quarter having experienced at least one collision in the last five years.

Of those surveyed, 71 percent said the collision was avoidable, 46 percent blamed another driver as the cause of the crash and 28 percent blamed driver distraction.


  1. Other Drivers - 46 percent
  2. Distraction / Loss of concentration – 28 percent
  3. Carelessness – 23 percent
  4. Bad Weather - 12 percent
  5. Impatience - 12 percent
  6. Traffic congestion - 10 percent
  7. Bad Roads/ Infrastructure - 10 percent
  8. Fatigue - 6 percent
  9. Speeding - 6 percent
  10. Animal on road - 5 percent
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