Slater and Gordon has warned suburban and arterial roads around Sydney can be just as dangerous as highways.
Data from the law firm has revealed Oxford Street, Marrickville Road, Victoria Road and The Horsley Drive were common locations for serious accidents in cases finalised in 2015.
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Kasturi Wren said in many cases the severity of the injuries was comparable to crashes on major highways.
“High-speed accidents on highways and motorways destroy lives, but our data shows that arterials and busy pedestrian areas can be just as dangerous,” Ms Wren said.
“Crashes on the M4 and M7 are showing up repeatedly in the serious injury claims we handle, while the Pacific Motorway between Sydney and Newcastle is also a hotspot.
“But we’ve seen more serious injuries result from crashes on local and arterial roads, especially pedestrians and cyclists around Parramatta, Liverpool, the Inner West and the Sydney CBD.
“Numerous pedestrians have been left with serious spinal and head injuries after drivers failed to stop at crossings in areas such as Marrickville and Victoria Roads.
“While cyclists are also overrepresented, with accidents caused by drivers failing to give way on Oxford Street and Moore Park Road.
The data revealed pedestrians and cyclists were seriously injured in accidents twice as often as drivers, while motorcyclists suffered serious injuries four times as often as drivers.
Ms Wren said the weeks around the Easter break were no exception.
“We are consistently seeing serious crashes around the Easter school holidays – mainly highway, pedestrian and cyclist accidents,” Ms Wren said.
“We are so used to our cars that it’s easy to forget how powerful they are and how much damage they can do.
“High-speed accidents destroy lives regularly, but it’s important to remember that busy pedestrian and cycling areas can be just as dangerous.”
SYDNEY CRASH HOTSPOTS
Areas with a high proportion of serious injuries on local and arterial roads
- Parramatta (multiple serious accidents around Flushcombe Rd and Pennant Hills Rd)
- Sydney CBD (multiple serious accidents around Oxford St)
- Inner West (multiple serious accidents around Marrickville Rd, Victoria Rd and Canterbury Rd)
- Liverpool (multiple serious accidents around The Horsley Drive and The Northern Rd)
- Hornsby (multiple serious accidents around Carlingford Rd and Old Windsor Rd)