Light on fuel and heavy on enjoyment, motorcycles are on the rise as a form of transportation in Australia.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, motorbikes and scooters now make up more than 4.5 per cent of the 18 million registered vehicles on our roads. Yet for all their benefits, motorcycles certainly carry risks as well.
In Queensland, fatal road accidents involving motorcycles are on the rise. Research published by the Department of Transport and Main Roads revealed in 2015, over 22% of all fatal Queensland road accidents involved motorcycles or mopeds. Fifty-four lives were lost. This is an alarming increase of over 45% from 2014 motorcycle fatality figures.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Other drivers failing to see riders
- Wet weather conditions
- Patches of sand or gravel on the road; and
- Being under the influence of alcohol.
Appropriate safety gear doesn’t stop a crash but it can help to minimise the effects of an accident. Motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as drivers and care should be taken by all road users to ensure their safety.
The map below shows the spread of motorcycle accidents causing injuries in Queensland between 2015-2018.
View a map of all motor vehicle accidents in Queensland here.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: August 3, 2017.