MAIC has a legislative function defined under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 to promote measures directed at eliminating or reducing the causes of motor vehicle crashes and, where this is not possible, to ensure those injured are provided with access to appropriate care and rehabilitation to facilitate their recovery.
To achieve these objectives MAIC supports ongoing road safety and injury management research aimed at reducing the frequency, severity and impact of road trauma through a variety of means including targeted one off initiatives and recurrent funding to Universities to support a program of research in road safety and injury management/rehabilitation.
Road Safety Research
Alongside activities to improve injury management, MAIC also supports research and education activities that aim to reduce the number of crashes on Queensland roads generally with a specific focus on reducing the number of claims to the Queensland CTP scheme.
MAIC works closely with the lead agencies for road safety in Queensland, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) in identifying opportunities for collaboration and targeted investment.
A central component of MAIC’s road safety investment is its ongoing support of the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) located at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). CARRS-Q, through its focus on research, teaching and community education, has established an international reputation as a credible and respected entity in road safety. In Queensland, CARRS-Q provides an independent evidence base which has contributed to a number of key road safety policy enhancements including introduction of an enhanced graduated licensing scheme, drug driving testing and motorcycle safety initiatives.
Currently CARRS-Q undertakes research across six main road safety themes:
- Intelligent Transport Systems
- Occupational Safety
- Regulation and Enforcement
- Road Safety Infrastructure
- School and Community Injury Prevention
- Vulnerable Road Users
In addition to its ongoing investment in CARRS-Q, MAIC also provides funding for targeted one-off initiatives focused on key claims cost drivers and trends. Recent projects include:
- Evaluation of ‘Braking the Cycle’ learner mentor driving program established by Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC).
- Development of best practice guidelines for Learner Mentor Driving Programs.
- Multi-year study into rear end crashes: ‘Follow too Closely’.