Published 19 Oct 2017
Author: Nassir Bechara
Some roads get a reputation for being dangerous. Whether it's traffic volumes, a lack of safety barriers or poor street lighting, there are many reasons why certain stretches of road become crash hot spots.
But where are the ACT's most hazardous highways? Recent AAMI Crash Index analyses of insurance claims, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, has highlighted the biggest problem areas across the territory.
Canberra Avenue Fyshwick tops the list
Insurance claims lodged between August 2015 and August 2016 showed Canberra Avenue at Fyshwick as the most dangerous section of road, with 45 claims pursued over the 12-month period.
AAMI spokesperson Jake Krausmann said seasonal changes and other factors were potentially behind the prevalence of crashes on the road.
"Canberra Avenue is one of the busiest roads in Canberra, and is heavily congested during peak times. Despite recent construction works in the area, this stretch of road continues to be notorious for car accidents," he explained.
However, Monaro Highway featured three times on the top ten list, suggesting the road - which stretches through the ACT, NSW and Victoria - is more hazardous overall than Canberra Avenue.
The highway was the scene of 39 accidents at Hume, 25 at Fyshwick and 24 at Canberra for a total of nearly 90 claims.
The top 10 crash hot spots in the ACT
We've covered the roads with the largest number of crashes in the ACT, but what about the rest?
Here is AAMI's full top 10:
Animals a key cause of crashes in the ACT
Monaro Highway at Hume jumped from fifth to second place within a year, and Mr Krausmann suggested that an increase of collisions between vehicles and wildlife could be the cause.
Specifically, a large number of dead kangaroos were reported along Monaro last winter.
"Some of these roads are … heavily populated with wildlife, which contributes significantly to accidents along these stretches of road," he stated.
His comments were supported by AAMI research from April this year, which showed Canberra held the dubious honour of having the most reported crashes involving animals in Australia.
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