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Report reveals our most common type of crash

QUEENSLAND drivers are finding themselves in nose-to-tail accidents more often than any other type of crash, with a quarter of all accidents involving one car colliding into the back of another, according to new data revealed by leading national car insurer, AAMI, in its annual Crash Index.

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims between October 2012 and September 2013, show the top five types of accidents happening on QLD and Aussie roads are:

Over the years there has been little change in the type of accidents on Australian roads.

AAMI's Crash Index reports show that the incidence of nose-to-tail collisions has remained stable for the past decade, hovering between 27% and 29%.

Parked car dings, however, continue on an upward trend having risen from 15% in 2004 to 21.4% in the latest Crash Index.

"Worryingly, roughly one in five accidents in the Sunshine State are parked car dings. A lot of these types of accidents tend to happen in shopping centre car parks where turning spaces aren't as big as they once were," said AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison. 

Accidents on Queensland roads as a result of failing to give way have come down slightly in the last year, along with fewer nose-to-tail collisions. This indicates drivers are becoming more patient, however improvement is still needed.

According to Mr Aitchison, impatience is often overlooked as one of the leading factors behind accidents on our roads and can adversely affect our judgement when we need it most.

"Fender benders and prangs from failing to give way are often a result of inattention and driver impatience, with the latter frequently leading to tailgating or following too closely behind other cars," he said.

"By their own admission, nearly three-quarters of drivers who've had a prang say it was avoidable, so if we want to see a reduction in accidents on our roads, drivers becoming more patient would be a great start.

"Being a safe driver means accepting the speed limit, understanding that the conditions of the road are always changing and adjusting driving behaviour accordingly."

Mr Aitchison said people needed to drive to the conditions. 

"Environmental factors can play havoc on the road and contribute to making them more dangerous so give yourself plenty of room to stop behind the vehicle you are following, especially when road surfaces are wet and slippery," he said.

"Drivers must also make a conscious decision in heavy and congested traffic to slow down, keep a safe distance between them and the car in front and resist the urge to weave in and out of lanes.

"Above all, be extra vigilant behind the wheel as this is the best way to avoid an accident and make our roads safer for everyone."

Analysis of almost 250,000 accident insurance claims between October 2012 and September 2013, show the top five types of accidents happening on QLD and Aussie roads are:

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