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Common crashes and how to avoid them

There are 5 main types of crashes that result in injury or death. Many could be prevented by practising safe driving.

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How to avoid common crashes

Almost 80% of all NSW casualty crashes (where a person is killed or injured) fall into 5 crash types.

These crashes are also the most common crash types for provisional drivers. They can be avoided if you follow the road rules and:

Common crash types

Colliding with the rear of another vehicle

Example of what a rear end collision is
Colliding with the rear of another vehicle (rear-end)

Colliding with an adjacent vehicle

Example of a collision with an oncoming or adjacent vehicle
Colliding with another vehicle coming from an adjacent direction (the left or right)

Colliding with an oncoming vehicle

Example of a collision with an oncoming vehicle
Colliding with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction

Running off the road on a straight section

Example of a collision that can occur on a straight section of road
Running off the road on a straight section and hitting an object or parked vehicle

Running off the road on a curve or bend

Example of a collision that can occur on a curve or bend in road
Running off the road on a curve or bend and hitting an object or parked vehicle
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