Australia is a large country, and cars are a fact of life for anyone that needs to get around. Whether it be the School Drop off or the dash to the office, Brisbane’s traffic is notorious for long stretches of gridlock and impossible peak hour commutes. Our workers are now ranked second in the country for the longest mean commute time, with the average person travelling about 66 minutes per day to and from work. All that time spent behind the wheel has a toll, though, with Queensland racking up large numbers of vehicle accidents each year. In 2021 Queensland roads claimed 274 lives, many of those incidents occurring in and around Brisbane’s worst car crash hotspots.
Brisbane’s Top 10 Crash Hotspots
After spending 2020 working from home or in isolation, 2021 saw Brisbane’s busiest roads spring into action. Many of the roads that made the list are frequently recognised among Brisbane’s worst for car accidents:
1. Bruce Highway, Caboolture
The Bruce Highway at Caboolture has climbed the ranks to become Brisbane’s worst crash hotspot in 2021. The Bruce Highway is sometimes referred to as “The Highway of Shame” due to a large number of accidents on this major transport corridor.
2. Gympie road, Chermside
Notorious for its terrible peak hour conditions, Gympie Road at Chermside has dropped to 2nd place after spending three years as Brisbane’s worst crash hotspot.
3. Morayfield Road, Morayfield
A feeder for the Bruce Highway, Morayfield Road at Morayfield is a bustling commercial stretch and a major arterial road that sees heavy traffic at all times of the day.
4. Ipswich Road, Annerley
Anyone who has travelled through Annerley understands the pain of traffic congestion. Not just limited to peak hour commutes, Ipswich Road at Annerley is a major thoroughfare that carries thousands of cars, motorbikes and trucks each day.
5. Logan Road, Mount Gravatt
Home to the popular Westfield Garden City, Logan Road plays a major role in joining the M1 and M3 motorways to inner Brisbane. The intersection between Logan Road and Creek Road is a particular hotspot, but the busy stretch demands caution wherever you are.
6. Gympie Road, Aspley
Gympie Road claims two spots on this list, with the Aspley stretch acting as the main arterial road that delivers traffic to inner Brisbane from some of the city’s most populous suburbs.
7. Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains
A long stretch connecting Brisbane’s south with Logan, Browns Plains Road moves quickly and carries large amounts of car and truck traffic to Logan’s suburbs and industrial areas.
8. Sandgate Road, Clayfield
Its proximity to the city, northern suburbs and significant parts of Brisbane’s transport infrastructure make Sandgate Road a repeat appearance on this list of crash hotspots.
9. Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains
Mixed residential and industrial, the Eight Mile Plains stretch of Logan Road carries trucks and cars to and from the busy Gateway Motorway and some of South Brisbane’s most popular destinations, including Sunnybank and Garden City.
10. Waterworks Road, Ashgrove
The main arterial road feeding traffic from several large suburbs towards inner Brisbane, Waterworks Road retains its spot as one of Brisbane’s crash hotspots, particularly around the busy intersection with Ashgrove Road.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Most of the accidents on our roads are just that: an accident. Small moments of inattention can be all it takes to find yourself involved in a collision. The National Road Safety Partnership Program claims that 90% of all crashes are due to those minor mistakes. Small mistakes can take many forms, but Australia’s most common causes of car accidents are:
- Distraction (including mobile phone use)
- Alcohol and drugs
That means most traffic accidents can be avoided simply by following the road rules. Stay off your phone, drive to the conditions and be sure to pull over and rest when you are tired, and the chance of being involved in an accident drops sharply.
Revolution Law is Brisbane’s Motor Vehicle Accident Experts
Every year Brisbane seems to grow busier, and the congestion only increases the risk of car accidents for us all. So if you are in a car accident, whether it happens in a crash hotspot or not, your Revolution Lawyer and the rest of the Team are ready to support you.
It is essential to report your accident correctly and with the proper parties to avoid any unnecessary problems down the track.
We aim for each client’s claims to be received efficiently, effectively and managed with care and clear communication. We will ensure the details are recorded correctly for insurance and liability purposes. Feel free to chat with your local Revolution Law team member if you have been in a motor vehicle accident or simply want more information on our services.