Two fatal motorbike accidents over the weekend have prompted NSW police to warn motorcyclists of the need to be extra vigilant on the roads.
On Saturday March 16, a man died in Windellama shortly after the motorbike he was riding left the road and collided with a large drainpipe.
The next day, a pillion passenger died after the motorcycle on which she was riding collided head-on with another vehicle in Sefton. Police have charged the driver of the car with negligent driving occasioning death.
Superintendent Stuart Smith, operations commander of the NSW Police Force’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, says that the statistics speak volumes about how careful motorbike riders need to be on the roads.
According to Mr Smith, motorcyclists make up about 16 per cent of deaths and 22 per cent of serious injuries on the roads, even though they only comprise one per cent of road users.
“If you are a motorcycle rider you are more exposed and vulnerable in the road environment and are at risk of more serious injury if involved in a crash,” said Mr Smith.
“You need to do everything possible to reduce that risk by riding below the speed limit and with care.”
There were 2,798 crashes involving motorcycles in NSW during 2011, according to Transport for NSW statistics.
Fifty-one of those incidents were fatal, resulting in a total of 53 deaths. A further 2,694 people were injured in motorbike accidents in 2011.
Anyone injured in a motorbike accident can make a claim for personal injury compensation under the NSW motor accidents compensation scheme.
In addition to drivers, pillion passengers on motorcycles or bicycles are also entitled to make a claim.
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