Emergency services attend a fatal accident on Exhibition Rd on Gympie's Southside earlier this month; one of the 11 fatalitied that have occurred in the Wide Bay region already this year.
Emergency services attend a fatal accident on Exhibition Rd on Gympie's Southside earlier this month; one of the 11 fatalitied that have occurred in the Wide Bay region already this year. Renee Albrecht

Road fatalities more than double in Wide Bay

CAR crash deaths in the Wide Bay have spiked dramatically in 2016.

The statistics revealed by the Queensland Police Service show that the number of deaths in the Wide-Bay Burnett region have more than doubled to 11 from 5 in the whole of 2015.

 

Shine Lawyers Gympie branch manager Sarah Brady said a number of motorists were unfortunately still driving recklessly and "contributing to a number of deaths, crashes and near misses across the region".

 

"We have seen an increasing number of people coming through our doors with motor vehicle accident claims. And whilst there are lots of contributing factors to the actual cause of an accident, distraction - particularly due to the use of mobile phone technology, is a very worrying trend among Australian drivers."

 

New independent research undertaken by Shine Lawyers supports this concern with nearly 40% of Australian drivers aged between 18 and 34 still using their mobiles whilst driving and incredibly 21% of young drivers admitting to checking their Facebook or social media accounts while driving.

 

"The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety highlighted data that motorists are four times more likely to have a crash if using a mobile phone while driving, and that driver distraction contributed to 22 percent of accidents, it's devastating to hear how some of our clients have lost loved ones or suffered injury and financial loss, as a result of a motor vehicle accident that should never have happened."

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