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Australia's worst car-crash hotspots revealed – Drive – Drive

The most common car-crash hotspots in Australia have been revealed for 2022. Here are the roads that require extreme caution.
New car-crash data has revealed the latest hotspots for fender benders in Australia’s capital cities.
While government statistics show fatal crashes are over-represented on rural roads, insurance data shows the most common car accidents occur in metropolitan areas.
The latest analysis of more than 350,000 motor insurance claims made through AAMI so far this year covered the metropolitan areas of Australia’s eight state and territory capital cities.
With Australians emerging from two years of lockdowns and returning to their workplaces, a number of major arterial roads linking outer suburbs and CBDs have been ranked as the most common roads for car crashes in our capital cities.
Check the list below to find out if your daily commute includes high risk roads for fender benders.
Taking the number one spot in Sydney is the Hume Highway in Liverpool – its fifth year in a row as the most common crash location in Australia’s biggest city.
The Elizabeth Drive intersection was noted as being a particularly bad stretch of the Hume Highway, given its proximity to the nearby hospital and major shopping centres.
In second place was Auburn’s Parramatta Road – making its first appearance in the Sydney metro top five – while the third hot spot was again the Hume Highway in Yagoona.
Plenty Road in Bundoora was ranked Melbourne’s worst hotspot for car crashes this year – according to the insurance firm – despite the Victorian Government lowering the north-south arterial road’s speed limit from 80km/h to 70km/h in January 2021.
Another north-south connection made it into the number two spot, with Glen Waverley’s Springvale Road ranking as the second-worst section of Melbourne’s streets.
Third place went to the Campbellfield section of Sydney Road, linking Melbourne’s northern regions to the city. 
An infamous stretch of Gympie Road in the northern suburb of Chermside returned to the top spot for Brisbane bingles after dropping to second last year.
Normally a 60km/h zone, Gympie Road is often at a crawl in peak times between Chermside and the neighbouring suburb of Kedron due to the high volume of northern suburb residents who use the arterial road.
Logan Road at Mount Gravatt lost its title as Brisbane’s top car crash hot spot from the year prior, while Morayfield Road in Morayfield retained third place for the third consecutive year.
For the fourth year running, Perth’s Albany Highway in Cannington has been recognised as the most common road for car crashes in Western Australia – according to the insurer – with analysts suggesting a nearby shopping centre is a contributor.
The podium positions were filled by Midland’s Great Eastern Highway in second and the Bayswater stretch of Tonkin Highway in third.
Prospect Road in Prospect has climbed to number one as Adelaide’s most risky location for car crashes – one of the few non-arterial roads to reach the top spot across Australia’s capitals.
The second and third-most common roads for a car crash in Adelaide were Unley Road (Unley) and Henley Beach Road (Torrensville).
The most common car-crash location in Australia’s capital is the Fyshwick section of Canberra Avenue – according to the insurer – known for its relatively high volume of traffic from across the border in neighbouring Queanbeyan.
Hume’s Monaro Highway on the southside lost Canberra’s number one position from last year, while Gungahlin Drive in Gungahlin was the third most common car-crash location.
Davey Street in Hobart’s CBD shot up the car crash rankings from seventh to first place this year – according to the insurer – owing to the large number of motorists who use it as the main road to drive west of the city centre.
It was closely followed by its neighbouring Macquarie Street which runs east towards the city, with the Brooker Highway slotting into third place.
While the Stuart Highway took out the top three hotspots in the Top End, all three sections of the road are more than an hour away from Darwin – with Adelaide River, Alice Springs and Katherine finishing in the top three positions.
For Darwin itself, the Berrimah section of the Stuart Highway was ranked as the riskiest road for car crashes.
Behind Berrimah, Smith Street in the CBD and Bagot Road in Coconut Grove completed Darwin’s podium of most common roads for car crashes.
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Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.
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