Crash statistics show high risk of animal collisions

Published: December 20, 2016
camels on dirt road

New research has revealed just how real the threat of colliding with wildlife out in Australia’s highways and byways really is.

The latest AAMI Crash Index, which surveyed thousands of drivers from across the country, also discovered that while only one in five motorists considered themselves to be an impatient driver, nearly 60% admitted to exceeding the speed limit some of the time.

And this sort of driving appears to be much more likely to have devastating consequences in regional areas. In the Northern Territory, for example, once you move out if Darwin, some 30.34% of collisions involved an animal.

AAMI spokesman Jake Krausmann said these types of accidents continued to be common on NT roads, despite many being avoidable.

“Drivers need to focus their attention to being aware of their surroundings,” she said. “There are many distractions for drivers to contend with … you should always be prepared for the unexpected.”

In Darwin itself, some 35.81% of accidents came as a result of drivers hitting stationary objects, such as trees, bollards and even buildings. More than a quarter of accidents in the NT capital were nose-to-tail crashes, while 17% were a result of a driver failing to give way.

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