Motoring Accidents: By the Numbers
It’s quite astounding how many Australians find themselves involved in car accidents. Putting fault to one side, you just have to watch the prime time traffic helicopter to know that car accidents ranging from bingles to write-offs are a constant upon our roads.
From the sky, the scene of the accident might seem insignificant. But for those involved in a motoring incident – the consequences can be far from trivial.
Serious levels of injury
Examining relevant data, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) 2012 report into serious road injuries reveals some alarming figures regarding motor accidents. Figures for the nine years from 2000 to 2009 reveal that serious injuries have steadily increased from 138.3 to 156.7 per 100,000 population, an average annual increase of 1.6%. And some 26% of injuries were deemed life-threatening. Car accident lawyers hear all too often of the many senseless and damaging accidents that arise on our roads every day – and right across the nation.
It should be noted that these numbers do not include Australia’s heart-breaking road fatalities. Each year, more than 1,000 people lose their lives as a result of motoring accidents. In 2013, this grim toll was 1,193 fatalities. The pain that accompanies such sudden events is something that many Australians are forced to reckon with each year.
Costs to community
There is of course no dollar value to meet this level of loss. Yet in NSW alone, the NRMA estimates that motor accident injuries and fatalities cost the community $2.8 billion – each and every year. This is cost that is measurable at a broader, community level. But how do individuals and families begin to alter their situation for the better after personal involvement with a motor accident? While there is probably no perfect salve for the discomfort and loss, taking steps to commence a motor vehicle injury claim can at least assist people to regain equilibrium.
Hoping for a safer future
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed a Decade of Action for Road Safety until 2020. All citizens can hope that safer roads and vehicles, plus better motoring education, will one day flow from such initiatives. Until then, a formidable toll continues to be a reality on Australian roads – not just in terms of motoring accident injuries and fatalities, but also the staggering costs borne by communities and individuals.
When pain is personal
Our car accident lawyers in Sydney have the ability to guide you through the technical maze of information that can be presented to you following any motoring incident. The broad numbers are certainly troubling. But unlike the view from a helicopter, we understand that involvement in a motor accident is a very immediate and personal event.