Afternoons most dangerous on Queensland roads
Statistics released by insurers show afternoons are the most dangerous times for Queensland road users.
Drivers in the Sunshine State are more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident during the afternoon than any other time, according to Suncorp. The insurer analysed almost 4,000 Compulsory Third Party insurance claims that occurred in Queensland between September 2016 and October 2017.
Suncorp narrowed down the results for several locations throughout Queensland. In Brisbane, the most dangerous time of the week is Friday afternoon, when 26% of accidents happen.
Friday afternoons also proved to be the most dangerous times on the Gold Coast, with almost a third of all accidents happening. Throughout regional Queensland, Tuesday afternoons lay claim to 30% of accidents.
“Most injuries on our roads are happening at the start and end of the working week, when commuters are rushing to get home. Friday afternoon is when people are often exhausted from the week and feeling impatient behind the wheel,” said Suncorp spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson.
Paterson urged road users to take care and remain alert at all times, citing tailgating and impatience as contributing factors in many of the accidents.
“A lot of the time it can come down to drivers being distracted and not paying attention to what’s around them.
“A split-second loss of concentration or misjudgement is all it takes to cause an accident that can lead to devastating long-term injuries or worse. It affects more than just the injured people; it affects families and whole communities,” Paterson said.