Nose-to-tail crashes most common on the Gold Coast

Nose-to-tail accidents are most common on the Gold Coast, according to a snapshot of south east Queensland.

The latest AAMI Crash Index shows over 12 months a third of accidents in the south east were as a result of drivers running up the back of the car in front.

The Gold Coast had the highest percentage of nose-to-tail claims in the region with 36.1 per cent, higher than the figure in Greater Brisbane.


Collisions with stationary objects, such as parked cars, trees and street signs, were most common in the Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs and West Moreton.

This type of accident accounted for more than a third (36.01 per cent) of all accidents on the Sunshine Coast, which was more than 25 per cent higher than the Queensland average.

Nearly a quarter (24.02 per cent) of all accidents in the Darling Downs involved a collision with an animal, seven times higher the average for the whole region and 18 times higher than the figure for Greater Brisbane.

Analysis of accident insurance claims across the country from August 2015 to August 2016 revealed the five most common accident types of crashes in Brisbane are:

South-east Queensland Queensland
1. Nose to tail (33.16%) 1. Nose to tail (32.42%)
2. Collision with stationary object (28.48%) 2. Collision with stationary object (28.41%)
3. Failed to give-way (20.39%) 3. Failed to give-way (19.82%)
4. Collision while reversing (13.29%) 4. Collision while reversing (12.56%)
5. Hit an animal (3.39%) 5. Hit an animal (5.47%)
A more detailed breakdown of statistics for South-east Queensland is on page two.

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

“Nose-to-tail accidents continue to be the most common collision type nationally, and are usually the result of impatient driving, distraction or following the car in front too closely,” Mr Krausmann said.

“We have busy lives and daily schedules, but ‘tailgating’ the car in front usually won’t get you to your destination any faster.

“You should always be prepared for the unexpected, and if the car in front stops unexpectedly, you want to ensure you have enough room to brake safely. There’s a general two second rule for following the car in front, but the more room you can leave the better.

“Drivers in South-east Queensland should also focus their attention to being aware of their surroundings given more than a quarter collided with a stationary object, which in many cases was a parked car.”

From a national perspective, nearly four out of five (79.2 per cent) accident insurance claims 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.

As part of the AAMI Crash Index, AAMI surveyed 4,090 drivers from across the country and 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,” Mr Krausmann said.
Location Nose to tail Collision with a stationary object Failed to give-way Collision while reversing Hit an animal
South-east Queensland 33.16% (1st) 28.48% (2nd) 20.39% (3rd) 13.29% (4th) 3.39% (5th)
Greater Brisbane 35.46% (1st) 27.68% (2nd) 21.72% (3rd) 12.69% (4th) 1.32% (5th)
Gold Coast 36.1% (1st) 27.63% (2nd) 19.51% (3rd) 14.24% (4th) 1.37% (5th)
Sunshine Coast 26.96% (2nd) 36.01% (1st) 16.25% (4th) 16.89% (3rd) 2.08% (5th)
West Moreton 9.87% (5th) 34.77% (1st)  14.18% (3rd) 10.29% (4th) 27.1% (2nd)
Darling Downs 17.42% (3rd) 27.20% (1st) 16.44% (4th) 13.04% (5th) 24.02% (2nd)
Queensland 32.42% (1st) 28.41% (2nd) 19.82% (3rd) 12.56% (4th) 5.47% (5th)
National 33.55% (1st) 24.9% (2nd) 24.32% (3rd) 11.46% (4th) 4.76% (5th)