Collisions with animals top reason for Orana, Far West motor accidents

Half of all motor accidents in the Orana and Far West regions over a 12-month period involved collisions with animals, according to statistics from an insurer.

This was 92 times higher than the result for Sydney (0.54 per cent) and 11 times higher than the state average (4.62 per cent), according to figures in the latest AAMI Crash Index.

The second-most common cause of accidents in the regions were collisions with stationary objects, such as trees or road barriers, which accounted for one in five (19.45 per cent) of all accidents.

Nose-to-tail collisions were four times lower than the average for Sydney, indicative of the vastly different population densities and traffic congestion levels.

AAMI spokesperson Jake Krausmann said unfortunately these types of accidents continue to be common occurrences on our roads, despite many of them being avoidable.

“Orana and Far West drivers should keep a lookout for wildlife on the road, particularly when they drive near national parks,” he said.

“Wildlife is unpredictable and can appear out of nowhere, so it’s important to slow down and be aware of your environment, particularly inside sign-posted wildlife areas.

“Drivers should also focus their attention to being aware of their surroundings given one in five collided with a stationary object, such as parked cars, trees and road barriers.”

Nationally, nearly four out of five (79.2 per cent) insurance claims were for accidents that occurred within 25 kilometres of the driver’s house.

“Regardless of how familiar a driver is with their local roads, it doesn’t dilute the importance of safe driving behaviours,” Mr Krausmann said.

AAMI discovered while only one in five motorists consider themselves to be an impatient driver, nearly 60 per cent admitted to exceeding the speed limit some of the time.

“With nearly one in three attributing their speed to taking their eye off the speed limit, it reinforces that concentration is key for all drivers,” he said.