Australia's Most Common Car Accidents Revealed State-By-State

There were more than 360,000 car crashes on Australian roads in the past financial year, and with the festive season now upon us drivers are being reminded to travel safely this Christmas.

Almost a third of all car crashes across Australia were nose-to-tail collisions, according to new data released by AAMI.

This alarming statistic is linked to driver distraction from the use of things such as mobile phones when behind the wheel, as well as driver boredom when stuck in heavy traffic.

“Driver distraction continues to be the leading cause of car accidents in Australia and these common accident types are generally caused by people taking their eyes off the road or trying to multi-task while driving,” AAMI spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson said.

Driver distraction is the biggest cause of a crash. Image: Getty Images.

The common practice of tailgating -- not leaving a safe following distance between a vehicle and the one in front -- is also attributed to the high incidence of nose-to-tail crashes.

One-in-four crashes nationwide are caused by drivers not giving way appropriately, while one fifth of accidents come as a result of drivers colliding with stationary objects.

These incidents are attributed to people being generally time poor, where people rush on the roads resulting in lapses of judgement.

Most Common Collisions State-By-State

While nose-to-tail collisions are the most common on average, each state sees different rates of crashes.

New South Wales: Drivers in NSW are more likely to be involved in accidents after failing to give way, when compared to the rest of the country. Failure to give way accounts for 26 percent of the accidents across the state.

NSW drivers are involved in crashes when they fail to give way. Image: Getty Images.

Victoria: 33 percent of Victoria's car crashes were nose-to-tail collisions, which is the highest rate in the country. This is linked to drivers tailgating on highly congested roads.

Queensland: Queenslanders have a higher rate than most other states when colliding with an object when reversing. Regardless, 30 percent of their car crashes are nose-to-tail incidents.

Western Australia: Western Australians have the highest rate of crashes caused from reversing into an object. In fact, 14 percent of the state's crashes are a result of this kind of collision.

South Australia: 24 percent of accidents in South Australia occur when drivers collide with a stationary object. The state also has a higher rate than the rest of the nation for collisions with parked cars, which account for 10 percent of SA's total accidents.

Many Australians also collide when objects when reversing. Image: Getty Images.

Tasmania: Tassie is the nation's leader when it comes to colliding with a stationary object with 29 percent of all incidents coming as a result of driver hitting things when behind the wheel. Tasmania also has the highest rates of hitting animals and colliding with parked cars in the nation.

Australian Capital Territory: The ACT has a high rate of nose-to-tail collisions, with 32 percent of crashes occurring in this way. The territory also has a high rate of colliding with another car when reversing.

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Northern Territory:  13 percent of the NT's crashes occur when motorists collide with animals -- the highest rate in the nation. It also has the highest occurrence of collisions with stationary objects, sitting at 31 percent of accidents.

Table with state-by-state percentages. Image: AAMI Insurance.
Safe Driving Tips For The Christmas Season

It's recommend drivers consciously limit distraction when driving. This could include putting mobile and digital devices away before driving. This will also ensure drivers are aware of their movements and those of others when on the roads.

“Taking your eyes off the road for just a split second can have devastating consequences and even the smallest distraction can be deadly. It’s just not worth the risk," Paterson said.

Leaving appropriate space between the vehicle in front is the best away to avoid a nose-to-tail collision.

Featured Image: Getty Images.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au