Rising cost on Moreton Bay's roads

Published 12:00pm 30 April 2024

Rising cost on Moreton Bay's roads
Words by Nick Crockford

Animal collisions on the roads of Moreton Bay have risen sharply, according to motor claims figures released by RACQ.

In Moreton Bay North there has been a 32 per cent increase in animal collision claims - 103 in the 12 months April 2022-March 2023 to 136 April 2023-March 2024.

The Moreton Bay South region figures show a 12.7 per cent rise in animal collision claims from 71 to 80 over the same period.

State regions have been ranked by dividing the number of claims by the total of RACQ motor insurance policies. Moreton Bay North is 11th and South 15th.

Leading postcodes by volume of animal collision claims are Moreton Bay North – 4510 Caboolture/Morayfield, 4504 Narangba/Deception Bay and 4507 Bribie.

For Moreton Bay South the leading postcodes are 4500 Strathpine/Lawnton, 4503 North Lakes/Kallangur, 4520 Samford/Highvale.

Across Queensland claims to RACQ peaked in May to October, showing cooler months are worse for animal collisions. May and July are top for volume of claims.

Regional areas saw the highest frequency of claims with Darling Downs Maranoa, Outback Queensland and Central Queensland the most dangerous locations.

“RACQ Insurance received 4255 motor claims from animal collisions over the past year and while regional areas saw the highest volumes, all regions experienced some sort of increase,” RACQ Group Executive Insurance Trent Sayers said.

“Some city regions saw the largest increase in animal collision claims, with Brisbane’s north and Ipswich rising by 40 per cent.”

Data shows most animal collisions happen at dawn or dusk, with 38 per cent from 5am-6am and 6pm-7pm. Collisions are most common with kangaroos.

Mr Sayers said there were “key factors” to reduce the risk of colliding with an animal and keep passengers and animals safe.

“Ideally, you should avoid driving at dawn and dusk when wild animals are most active and sun glare or darkness can reduce visibility,” he said.

“If driving at these times is unavoidable, use high beams where appropriate, drive to conditions, don’t speed and stay alert for wildlife in your peripheral vision.

“You shouldn’t swerve to avoid hitting an animal as it can put you at greater risk of causing a collision with another vehicle or roadside obstacle.

“If you have hit an animal and it’s safe to do so, pull over to inspect your vehicle and check on the animal.

“Call for help if your car is damaged. If the animal is alive and injured call your local wildlife rescue service.

“Once you safely conclude your journey, contact your insurer to report the incident and lodge a claim.”

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