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There are 4,789 kilometres of risk-rated national highway in Queensland, which is 23 per cent of the total National Land Transport Network. During the period from 2010 to 2014, there were 5,361 casualty crashes on these roads, accounting for 35 per cent of the national total. These casualty crashes included 281 deaths, which equates to 30 per cent of total fatalities across the network.
There were some difficulties in obtaining crash data for Queensland. The analysis has been carried out as best as possible with the available
data. Approximately 10 to 15 per cent of hospitalisation data for 2014, and medical treatment/minor injury data from 1 July 2012 to 31 December
2014, may be incomplete.
The following table lists the national highways in Queensland, with aggregated information provided.
The highest level of road trauma in the Queensland network occurred on the Bruce Highway, which accounts for 48 per cent of casualty crashes and more than half of fatalities in the state. While the Pacific Motorway accounts for only two per cent of the Queensland network in terms of length, it has the second highest percentage of casualty crashes at 27 per cent. This indicates a high density of crashes.
The following table lists the worst 10 highway sections in Queensland, ranked from highest to lowest risk. Disturbingly, Queensland has four of the 10 worst sections of the National Land Transport Network in Australia.
The following table lists the best 10 highway sections in Queensland, ranked from lowest to highest risk. Even though they compare favourably with the rest of the national highway network in Queensland, when analysed at the national level only three sections have received a risk rating of low.