Quick Stats

  • Kangaroo and wallaby collisions make up 90% of all animal collision in Australia
  • Kangaroo car accidents are most likely to occur between 5pm and 10pm
  • The risk of crashes are higher in winter
  • There are more collisions following long periods of dry weather

While collisions with animals only account for 5% of the total causes of fatal car accidents, kangaroo and wallaby collisions make up almost 90% of those accidents. The most serious accidents are usually secondary collisions that occur after the collision with the kangaroo or as a result of drivers attempting to avoid collision with kangaroos. 42% of the fatal accidents that occurred between 2001-2005 in New South Wales in regards to animal collisions happened as a result of people swerving to avoid the animal.

In 2017 ambulances were called out to 172 vehicle crashes involving kangaroos just in New South Wales alone. Motorcyclists fare the worst in collisions with kangaroos, making up half of the fatalities that occur in kangaroo collisions.2

The following table shows the amount of crashes that occurred in each state with the latest collected data on a national level.3

Kangaroo collisions by state

NSW

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
5 Years
(2001-2005)
Hit animal 1st impact,
swerve to avoid
Fatal crash 25 6423
Injury crash 2115
Non-injury 4283

VIC

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
5 Years
(2001-2005)
Hit animal Fatal crash 9 632
Serious injury crash 215
Other injury crash 408

QLD

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
5 Years
(2001-2005)
Hit animal,
Animal uncontrolled
on road
Fatal crash 16 3197
Hospitalisation crash 649
Minor injury crash 981
Property damage crash 1551

There were roughly 3.5 Kangaroo related casualties on the road per day in NSW during the period 2001-2005 — more than double that of QLD

WA

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
5 Years
(2001-2005)
Hit animal Fatal crash 7 108
Hospitalisation crash 101

SA

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
1 Year Hit animal Fatal crash 0 519
Casualty crash 41
All crashes 478

TAS

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
2 Years
(2006-2007)
Animal on road Serious casualties 11 11

ACT

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
3 Years
(2001-2003)
Struck animal Fatal crash 0 710
Injury crash 13
Property damage crash 697

NT

Time Period Reporting Categories Casualty Type Number of
Crashes
Total
5 Years
(2001-2005)
Hit animal Fatal crash 4 36
Serious injury crash 32

Avoiding collisions with kangaroos while driving

  • Take more care when driving in the evening time when kangaroos are more likely to be on the roads
  • Where there are kangaroo signs, drive with caution
  • If you see kangaroos on the side of the road, proceed with caution as they often travel together in mobs

Disclaimer

Data on this website was sourced in July 2019 with the latest available data from July 2019. Auto & General Services Pty Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data and accepts no liability whatsoever arising from or connected in any way to the use or reliance upon this data.

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