The Liverpool stretch of the Hume Highway has the dishonour of being Sydney's worst hot spot for car crashes, according to claims data to be revealed for the first time by leading national car insurer, AAMI, in its forthcoming 2012 AAMI Crash Index.
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After examining almost 275,000 accident claims across Australia between July 2011 and June 2012, the top five crash hot spots in Sydney are:
1. The Hume Highway, Liverpool
2. Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
3. Princes Highway, Rockdale
4. M4 Motorway, Silverwater
5. Epping Road, Macquarie Park
As part of the 2012 AAMI Crash Index AAMI surveyed* more than 3,700 motorists from across Australia and found that a quarter of drivers admit to having an accident in the last five years. Two thirds (68%) say that accident was avoidable.
Nearly half (45%) of drivers blame other drivers for their accident, while 29% say plain carelessness was a contributing factor in their crash and 28% blame distraction or loss of concentration.
Distraction/Loss of concentration
Jason Morrison reveals They found on average there were roughly 2 crashes every single day at these 5 places.
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