Queensland had the highest road toll in the nation in a COVID lockdown-affected 2021.
Overall, more people died in 2021 on Australian roads than 2020 – also affected by restrictions of movement and lockdown.
But the increased national road toll is being largely attributed to Queensland – which had more road deaths that any other State or Territory – and a significant increase of more than 10% on the previous year.
Heavy vehicles and motorcyclists bear the brunt of this carnage. Motorcyclists were involved in around 20% of Australia’s fatal road crashes – again, a significant rise on the previous year.