Why you are more likely to crash here than on any other road in Queensland

Gympie Road at Chermside is Brisbane’s worst location for traffic accidents and among the worst in Australia, according to Suncorp-owned insurance company AAMI.

Nov 08, 2022, updated Nov 08, 2022
A new survey has named three separates section of Gympie Road among the state's 10 worst crash hotspots. (AAP file image).

A new survey has named three separates section of Gympie Road among the state's 10 worst crash hotspots. (AAP file image).

The company sifted through 350,000 insurance claims to find accident hot spots.

Over the years, Gympie Road has always managed to stay on the leaderboard and this year it made made the top 10 worst hot spots three times in three different suburbs with Kedron and Aspley locations also included.

Thursday was the worst day for accidents on Gympie Road, Chermside, and the worst time was between 1pm and 4.30pm. State-wide, the worst day was Friday and the worst time was mornings.

Men aged between 35 and 49 were the most likely to be an accident.

AAMI’s head of motor claims Anna Cartwright said there was a common thread among all the major hotspots.

“We see that a majority of the top hot spots identified are highways or busy major arterial roads that intersect with local streets through high traffic industrial, educational and shopping precincts,” she said.

Brisbane’s other bad locations were Logan Road at Mount Gravatt, Morayfield Road at Morayfield and Ipswich Road at Annerley.

Nose-to-tail crashes were the most common at almost all of the hotspots. AAMI found that 27 per cent of crashes were nose-to-tail in Brisbane. Driver distraction was the leading cause of the nose-to-tail accidents.

“Gympie Road is notorious for congestion and collisions, as indicated by the fact that it has been a constant fixture in Brisbane’s top 10 crash hot spots for a number of years,” Cartwright said.

Among the factors for Gympie Road’s notoriety was that it carried a lot of traffic, including trucks and several major roads feed into it. There were also multiple intersections which led to traffic congestion during peak periods.

It also carried a lot of buses at some points.

“So, with all that going on it really is no surprise that it tops the list once again,” Cartwright said.

Some new hotspots in this year’s list were Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains, Waterworks Road, Ashgrove and Beaudesert Road, Calamvale.



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