The deadliest types of road crashes revealed

RACQ has expressed shock after new research revealed drivers were more likely to be killed or seriously insured in crashes which involved a rollover, head-on collision, or when the vehicle hit an object like a tree or post.

RACQ LifeFlight Cloncurry crash

RACQ LifeFlight

The Relative Vehicle Safety Road Environment and Crash Type Report, led by Monash University and supported by RACQ, analysed 23,259 Queensland crashes where drivers were seriously injured or killed between 2010 and 2015.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said some crashes imposed three times the risk of fatal and serious injury.

“This report confirms the deadliest crashes – the ones that will most likely rip families apart – are head-on, rollovers and single vehicle crashes into roadside objects like trees or poles,” Mr Spalding said.

The research also reinforced the role the road type played in reducing the severity of crashes.

“Low cost treatments such as safety barriers would also address these most severe crash types, but many of our regional roads are left without,” Mr Spalding said.

“It’s why RACQ campaigns for simple measures to help improve safety and prevent the riskiest of crashes, like widening the road as well as the centre-line, adding lanes, installing roadside and median safety barriers, clearing roadside objects and upgrading intersections with protected right turn lanes.”

Mr Spalding reiterated the need for drivers to take care when behind the wheel to avoid a crash in the first place.

“Importantly, the research shows no matter how safe the technology in your vehicle is, if you’re in one of these crashes, you can’t rely on your car to save you,” he said.

“Don’t drive distracted, tired or under the influence of drugs and alcohol, wear your seatbelt, and stick to the speed limit.”