Fridays are the most dangerous day for motor vehicle accident injuries in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, while Tuesday is the worst day to be on the roads in regional QLD.
“Most injuries on our roads are happening at the start and end of the working week, when commuters are rushing to get home. Friday afternoon is when people are often exhausted from the week and feeling impatient behind the wheel,” said Suncorp spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson.
“Failing to give way on the road and tailgating are often a result of impatient driving and are contributing factors to many of these accidents.”
In Brisbane a quarter (26 per cent) of all injury-causing accidents occur during the afternoon peak, while on the Gold Coast and in regional QLD the proportion is slightly higher with almost a third (30 per cent) of road users reporting some form of injury from a crash during this time.
“A lot of the time it can come down to drivers being distracted and not paying attention to what’s around them,” Ms Paterson said.
“A split-second loss of concentration or misjudgement is all it takes to cause an accident that can lead to devastating long-term injuries or worse. It affects more than just the injured people; it affects families and whole communities”.
When it comes to severity of injuries, more than half of all injury claims in Queensland are minor.