Cars have revolutionised transport, though there is always an element of risk every time we get behind the wheel. Whether major or minor, car accidents can be traumatic experiences that can have a big impact on us and our driving habits.
To get a better understanding of people’s experiences with car accidents, a Compare the Market survey asked over 3,000 Australians, Canadians and Americans a series of questions, including:
- how many people have been involved in a car crash?
- who was at fault?
- what did car insurance cover?
- how did the experience impact the way people drove?
Here’s what we found.
Australians are more likely to have had a major or minor crash than Canadians and Americans
According to the survey results, more Australians experienced a car crash than Canadians and Americans (78.9% of respondents compared to 72.3% and 74.9% respectively). However, Canadians and Americans were more likely to experience a major car crash, while Australians had the highest number of people who experienced a minor car crash (59.10% of respondents).
The survey results for that question are listed below.
|Have you been in a car crash?||Australia||Canada||USA|
|Yes, a major one ||9.5%||15.5%||15.6%|
|Yes, a minor one ||59.1%||47.6%||44.5%|
|Yes, both a major and minor one ||10.3%||9.2%||14.8%|
For those surveyed who said they were in a car accident, 21.30% of Australians said they were at fault, compared to 20% of Americans and 19.80% of Canadians. The difference between these results is small, but noticeable.
Interestingly, Australians were also more likely to say the driver of the other vehicle was at fault than Americans and Canadians (61.50% compared to 59.10% and 58.80% respectively). This is because Canadians and Americans were more likely to say that they were a passenger in a vehicle where the driver was at fault or that nobody was at fault.
|Who was at fault?||Australia||Canada||USA|
|I was at fault ||21.3%||19.8%||20.0%|
|I was a passenger, and my driver was at fault ||9.6%||12.5%||11.6%|
|The driver of the other vehicle was at fault ||61.5%||58.8%||59.1%|
|Nobody was at fault ||4.9%||7.1%||5.7%|
|I’m not sure ||2.7%||1.8%||3.6%|