ROAD crashes are smashing $210 million a year out of our local economy.

In the 13 years to 2013, 325 deaths and 13,496 injuries left a $2.7 billion black hole in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas.

The Federal Government's Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics experts say each person killed in a road crash costs the nation $3,180,598.


A person with serious injuries will set us back $316,869 while a patient with minor injuries costs $17,511.

The costs are based on a range of factors including loss of earnings, emergency service response, medical treatment, disability care, property damage and insurance.

An APN Newsdesk analysis of Queensland Government accident data for the Sunshine Coast and Noosa areas over the 13 years shows 325 people died on our roads, 4880 had serious injuries and 8616 were left with minor injuries.

The deaths accounted for $1,033,694,000, the serious injuries were valued at $1,546,320,700 and the minor injuries cost $150,874,800.

The overall total was $2,730,889,900 for 13 years or $210,068,500 a year.

The annual financial burden of road accidents to Australia is $27 billion.

Economic Society of Australia's Richard Tooth, who wrote The Cost of Road Crashes: A Review of Key Issues, said reducing the financial impacts of road crashes could be as simple as changing how insurance was regulated.

"I argue the insurance industry could play a major role in reducing road fatalities and injuries if we gave insurers the right incentives," the Sapere Research Group director said.

"In Queensland and most of Australia the CTP regulations prevent insurers from offering price discounts to encourage safer driving."

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said road safety was everyone's responsibility.

"The council promotes the State Government's road safety programs and initiatives aimed at drivers to encourage them to stay safe on the region's roads," the spokesperson said.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said road users and the Queensland Government needed to work together.

"There are many excellent road safety initiatives in place in Queensland, all designed to enhance safety for motorists.

"My aim is to ensure we continue to review and improve their effectiveness. I'm working closely with road safety experts like the RACQ and CARRS-Q," Mr Bailey said.




The cost of accidents to the Sunshine Coast and Noosa council areas' economy between 2001 and 2013:


FATAL: 253, $804,691,300

MAJOR: 4128, $1,308,035,200

MINOR 7390, $129,406,300

TOTAL: $2,242,132,800

ANNUAL: $17,471,800

* Calculations are based on the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics guidelines of $3,180,598 for each fatality, $316,869 for each person with a serious injury and $17,511 for each person with minor injuries.

One person has died after a 2 car head-on crash on Frizzo Road, Palmview.