Our research shows the number of collisions in Australia grows through the working week, peaking on Friday, with 16% more collisions than the average day. Sunday is the quietest day, with 27% fewer collisions than the average day.*
Copyright Guardian News and Media Ltd 2013. For more information on this series, visit http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/australia-in-numbers
The data is a valuable reminder for drivers to focus on the road, be aware of traffic conditions and stay calm, particularly during peak hours when traffic congestion is high.
In the event of a collision:^
- Stop immediately and give assistance to anyone who is injured
- Call an ambulance if required
- Call the police if someone’s been injured, the other driver fails to stop and/or supply details, a vehicle has to be towed, a driver appears under the influence of drugs or alcohol or there is damage to property^
- Exchange details, including date, time and location, name and residential address of the person involved and the owner of the vehicle, licence and registration details, make and model of the cars involved and insurance details
- Collect the details of any witnesses and police in attendance
- Contact your insurer.
Tip: Download the NRMA Insurance App for on-the-spot help to collect accident details, take snapshots and map your crash location. [link http://www.nrma.com.au/help-and-information/mobile-apps]
(*Source: NRMA Insurance, average of NSW, QLD, SA, WA, ACT, and TAS. Data from July 2012 to June 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2013/oct/27/interactive-safest-time-to-drive)
^Always check the specific requirements for when to call the police after an accident, as they may differ from state to state.