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Cops drop charges in head-on bike crash

Criminal charges have been dropped against the daughter of renowned Australian neurosurgeon Charlie Teo for driving on the wrong side of the road and crashing head-on into a bike ridden by former Comanchero William “Jock” Ross (pictured) at Wiseman’s Ferry in September 2019.

Police had alleged that Nicola Annabel Teo, 24, was driving her LandCruiser on the wrong side of the road for 200m before the crash with the 72-year-old Harley rider who suffered extensive, head leg and internal injuries and still walks with the aid of a crutch.

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Nicola with her LandCruiser

Teo had been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving, not driving on the left hand side of the road and not giving particulars to the police.

However, this week NSW Police prosecutors dropped all charges just before the matter was to be heard in the Downing Centre District Court.

That means Nicole, who pleaded not guilty, will not face any penalties and will retain her licence.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has not offered any reason for the decision to drop the case.

Jock’s injuries forced him to quit his job with the Rural Fire Brigade.

The Glasgow-born former soldier was one of five founders of the Comancheros on the New South Wales Central Coast in 1966 and was ‘supreme commander’ when they were involved in the 1984 Milperra Massacre.

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Nicola with her LandCruiser

Four Comancheros, two Bandidos and a 14-year-old girl died in the infamous shootout.

Jock received gunshot to the head and suffers permanent vision loss and a brain injury.

He was jailed for murder in 1987 over his role in instigating the massacre and was released in 1992 after serving five years.

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SOS service for all riders

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Automatic emergency calls that activate in the event of a crash are being installed in cars and some motorcycles and motorcycle helmets, but Triumph has now released a similar phone app that all riders can use.

Triumph SOS will detect if you have suddenly stopped and send an automatic emergency call that can be manually cancelled if you just happened to have dropped you phone or your bike and are not in any danger.

The service has been launched in Australia,  New Zealand, Europe and North America.

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BMW’s SOS or ecall button

Unlike the BMW SOS button on their K 1600 models which is yet to be introduced in Australia because of incompatibility with our telecommunications system, the Triumph system just needs to rider to install an app and ay a monthly $A6.99 subscription.

It is available to any rider, but Triumph owners get a three-month free trial.

Paramedics say the chances of survival of a rider in a crash are linked to the speed of contact with emergency services, making this service vital.

However, it will be limited by phone coverage which can be patchy at best in Australia’s vast outback.

The Triumph SOS app has been specifically tailored for motorcyclists, and monitors key sensors in your smartphone to detect and validate an accident.

The Google-Cloud hosted emergency alerting platform automatically sends the rider’s details directly to the emergency services within seconds of the accident being detected, following a unique validation process.

Details include GPS location, direction of travel, bike details, and medical information, but

Triumph confirms the app does not record or send any speed or telematics data to the emergency services.

Advanced features include sophisticated auto-pause technology to prevent accidental triggering so you can fully focus on your ride.

The app requires a rolling monthly subscription with no cancelation fees or long-term contract commitment.

Riders can download the Triumph SOS app now from iOS and AndroidApp stores.

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Tank shape affects rider injuries in crash

The shape of your motorcycle could have a big impact on rider injury in a crash, a landmark Australian study with simulated lab crash test equipment has found.

Tanks with a sharp rise from the seat can increase the risk of pelvic injury, according to the study by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, previously known as the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute.

The brain and nervous system research centre conducted a three-year in-depth investigation of motorcycle crashes which has led to several other research projects, including the tank study which included simulated lab crash tests with various tank shapes.

This is the first time the interaction between the pelvis and the design of fuel tanks has been studied in this way due to a newly developed test method for physically recreating rider pelvis impacts in simulated crash tests.

“Our crash studies have confirmed previous findings related to the frequency with which the motorcycle fuel tank is a source of groin and pelvic injury demonstrating that there has been little improvement in the crashworthiness over the last few decades,” the study found.

Researchers found that fuel tanks with a lower angle or more gradual rise from the front of the seat to the handlebars were safer and less likely to cause a pelvic injury to the rider during an accident.

They identified that motorcyclists with a more upright posture, such as those riding cruiser bikes, had an increased likelihood of hitting the fuel tank with greater force than those riding bikes where they have a forward-leaning position in the seat such as sports bikes.

About 15% of injuries involving motorcyclists are pelvic injuries, says Dr Tom Whyte, an injury biomechanics engineer and researcher at NeuRA. 

Pelvic injuries from motorcycle crashes can be permanent and result in difficulties with basic activities such as walking, sexual function, or urinating.

They typically occur when the motorbike makes a front-on impact with another vehicle or object and the rider hurtles over the tank and bars.

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“In the simulated crash tests, we found differences in fuel tank shape influence the severity of the impact to the pelvis, with fuel tanks rising steeply and abruptly from the bike seat increasing the possibility of injury,” Dr Whyte says.

“There’s likely to be greater protection for a motorcyclist’s pelvis when they are leaning forward. This is because our tests found that there are smaller impact forces between the pelvis and the fuel tank when riders are in this position,” Dr Whyte says.

“The findings show that greater attention to the design of fuel tanks could improve the safety of motorcyclists particularly on motorcycles where riders are more likely to take an upright position while riding,” he said.

The findings are being presented to manufacturers in the hope they will consider them in their bike designs.

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Motorcyclist Compensated After Dangerous Road Caused Crash

When Jason Wilson opened his eyes after coming off his motorbike in early 2014, the irony of the fact he was lying alongside a “rough surface” road sign was not lost on him.

The then 42-year-old was on his way home from a recreation ride when he came off his bike along Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road at Icy Creek, about 140km east of Melbourne.

His tyre hit a raised hump of bitumen in the middle of the road, he lost control of his bike and slid along the road before eventually hitting a paddock fence.

He suffered a severely fractured collarbone and shoulder that required multiple surgeries and bone grafts. He now has 13 screws and a metal plate keeping his shoulder together and a 14cm scar across the front of his body as a permanent reminder of that day.

The road defects – including rough raised sections of uneven bitumen that caused road ruts – had been reported to VicRoads on multiple occasions in the weeks prior to Mr Wilson’s accident.

Locals had reported at least two prior motorcycle crashes along the same stretch of uneven road in the days before Mr Wilson’s accident. Yet VicRoads failed to take timely and appropriate action to rectify the hazards.

VicRoads is responsible for the upkeep of arterial roads in the state and they outsource maintenance to contractors – Fulton Hogan in this case.

At his wife’s insistence, Mr Wilson approached Maurice Blackburn for legal advice, prompting the firm to lodge a TAC claim on his behalf against both defendants.

A settlement was recently reached at a pre-litigation conference prior to the matter going to trial in the County Court.

“We argued that more appropriate signage should have been erected prior to the accident site to warn motorcyclists in particular of the dangerous state of the road ahead,” lawyer Neha Bedi said.

“Whilst the records showed that maintenance schedules were upheld by VicRoads and Fulton Hogan in accordance with the Road Management Plan, there had been a number of complaints about the state of the road where Jason came off, without any remedial action taken.

“We argued that more immediate action should have been taken in response to the complaints – especially considering that road had been identified by VicRoads as being in critical need of restoration works for safety reasons.”

She said while it was often difficult to prove that the cause of a crash and somebody’s death or injuries was due to the negligence or inaction of the state’s road authority or their maintenance contractor, Mr Wilson’s case was strong.

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Prior to his injury, Mr Wilson worked as a night shift production worker, a role that involved a lot of manual handling and at times, heavy lifting.

He returned to work on light duties in late 2016. Since then, he has been able to increase to full-time hours and gets assistance from colleagues to complete certain tasks when required.

Now aged 49, Mr Wilson, from Bayswater North, says the crash has changed his life.

“It’s with me every day,” he said. “I’ve still got a lot of aches and pains, I can’t lift things like I used to and I can’t raise my right arm above my head anymore, but as I keep reminding myself, it could’ve been a lot worse.”

“It’s been a long legal fight to settle the matter, but I’m glad it’s finally over and I can now focus on putting all of this behind me.”

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Teen rider charged over fatal motorcycle crash

A teenage rider has now been charged following investigations into a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred in NSW earlier this year.

A Toyota Aurion and a motorcycle collided about 11.30pm on Sunday 10 May 2020 on Hertford Street, Berkeley.

Lake Illawarra Police Area Command officers found a 17-year-old boy and his 16-year-old female pillion passenger, suffering serious injuries.

They were both treated at the scene before being taken to hospital for treatment.

The male driver of a Toyota Aurion, aged 18, was also taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

On Thursday 14 May 2020, the 16-year-old girl died in hospital.

Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit yesterday (Saturday 15 August 2020) charged the 17-year-old male rider.

He was issued with a Court Attendance Noticed for dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death.

The teenager is due to appear in a children’s court on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

Under the rules governing NSW Children’s Court, we will not be able to publish any identifying details.

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Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

(Contributed post for our Southern California readers)

If you ride a motorcycle in Orange County or anywhere else in southern California, you know that it’s dangerous. With their high-speed capabilities and minimal frames, motorcycles offer their riders little protection. Because of this, even a minor motorcycle accident can result in severe injuries. We’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents on the California freeways. If you do ride a bike, wear your helmet and body protection.

Ten Common Causes of California Motorcycle Collisions

There are many hazards for motorcyclists—always from other drivers, but also often from themselves.

1. Improper or unsafe lane changes

When you’re riding a motorcycle, drivers frequently don’t see your minimal profile. When you change lanes, it’s important that you’re not relying on other drivers to break or to expand the gap you’re moving into. If you don’t have a wide berth, remain in your lane.

2. Speeding or driving too fast for conditions

There’s no doubt about it. Bikes are fast. But they’re also harder to control at higher speeds. You can also override your headlights, which means that things can appear in the road too quickly for you to react. In addition to causing motorcycle accidents, speed can make accidents more dangerous.

3. Drunk driving

When a car driver is drunk, they endanger everyone on the road. While motorcyclists are also a danger to other drivers, the primary peril is to themselves. Alcohol affects coordination and slows reaction times.

4. Lane splitting

This occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes, usually to avoid traffic. The danger comes when cars suddenly shift lanes, blocking the motorcyclist’s path or squeezing the gap.

5. Car doors opening

Many drivers forget to check their side mirror before opening the door. If they don’t hear a motorcyclist, they’re likely to block the rider’s path with the door. This is also dangerous for bicyclists and skaters.

6. Rear-end collisions

If you stop suddenly, there’s a good chance that an inattentive driver will continue forward or notice you too late and strike you from the rear. This is one of the most common types of vehicle accidents.

7. Inexperienced motorcyclists

Newer motorcyclists are more prone to accidents. Riding a motorcycle is a skill that takes time to develop. When you’re learning, stay off of busy roadways and try to ride during slower times.

8. Left-turn intersection accidents

Intersections are dangerous, but when you add to it the smaller profile of a motorcycle, they can be a nightmare. Statistically, making a left turn is the most dangerous type of turn at an intersection.

9. Road hazards

From construction sites to potholes to inconsistent surfaces, when you’re on two wheels as opposed to four, the smallest inconsistency can cause a rider to lose balance and lose control.

10. Defective equipment

Having properly maintained equipment is always important on the road, but when you’re riding a motorcycle, having even a minor malfunction can cause your bike to throw you, causing a hazardous situation.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in southern California, call an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney for a free consultation.

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Nexx adds stealth carbon helmet

Portuguese helmet manufacturer Nexx has added a matte black stealth version to its X.R2 carbon range called the Dark Vision.

But is it just adding to our dangerous “invisibility” on the road?’

Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You (SMIDSY) crashes are among the most common involving motorcycles.

I have written many articles about the numerous studies into the SMIDSY phenomenon.

The causes are just as numerous and include:

However, safety is a shared responsibility, so riders have to accept some of the blame in SMIDSY crashes and should do their best to avoid them by being seen and heard.

This can mean moving around on the road to attract attention, slowing down, beeping the horn to alert drivers and some suggest a loud muffler can help.

While I don’t advocate mandatory bright riding gear, a rider on a matte black bike with a matching helmet and jacket must admit they are a stealth machine that is camouflaged to match the tarmac.

Many riders choose black because it doesn’t show the road grime as much as lighter colours.

And no motorcycle accessories manufacturer ever went broke making loads of black gear.

However, we really can’t lay 100% blame on a driver for not seeing us if we dress that way.

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Getting back to the Nexx stealth helmet, like the X.R2 Carbon and Carbon Zero, the Dark Vision Carbon has a lightweight carbon fibre shell in two sizes — XS-L and XL-XXXL.

The only difference is that it is matte black with a tiny yellow stripe on the chin.

It includes their Air Dynamic System with five intakes on the front and four exhaust vents on the back, so it should be cool in summer.

Inside is a three-layer EPS to absorb impact absorption and a removable and washable CoolMax 3D lining.

It also has Ergo Padding System which means you can select different sized padding for a perfect fit.

Other features are a double D-ring fastener, chin spoiler and anti-scratch polycarbonate Lexan visor with central lock system that has a FastShot system for quick removal.

NEXX helmets usually rate three out of five stars in the highly acknowledged SHARP helmet safety ratings.

The entire production process of NEXX helmets is done in Portugal and not outsourced to other countries as many other helmet manufacturers do.

They boast a team of more than 160 workers skilled in helmet shell sculpture, leather manipulation, stitching, paintwork and engineering. Every helmet has to pass more than 50 control steps.

There is no word yet on prices in Australia, but they are available overseas for $US599.95 (about $A830).

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Teenager interviewed over rider death

A teenager is “assisting police with inquiries” after a rider standing on a Gympie highway ramp was struck by an unknown vehicle and killed on Monday night (10 August 2020).

Queensland Police say the body of the 48-year-old rider was found about 11pm on Monday (10 August 2020)  between the two northbound lanes of the Bruce Highway, 200m south of the Mary Valley Link Road overpass.Teen interviewed over rider death

Police found his Suzuki SV1000S on its side about 100m away.

“Preliminary inquiries indicate the motorcyclist parked on the nearby off-ramp and had been standing while holding his helmet when struck by an unknown vehicle,” police say.

It is believed a utility “may have overtaken the motorcyclist and another vehicle at high speed prior to the incident”.

Police are now interviewing a 19-year-old man about the incident.

“There is no further information at this time and investigations are continuing,” they say.

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are appealing for any witnesses, particularly motorists travelling on the Bruce Highway around the Kybong area between 10pm and 11pm, or anyone who may have relevant dash cam vision to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day or call 1800 333 000.

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ family and friends.

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In another incident, NSW Police are investigating a serious motorcycle crash that occurred in the Central West about 2pm yesterday (11 August 2020) on Renshaw McGuire Way, about 10km west of Yeoval.

The rider, a 20-year-old female, was transported by Ambulance NSW to Parkes District Hospital where she was later airlifted to Liverpool Hospital. She remains in a critical condition.

Officers from Orana Mid Western Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic police.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Quote this reference number: QP2001680708 within the online suspicious activity form.

Our sincere best wishes to the rider for a full and swift recovery.

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Man in court over pillion death

A 43-year-old male driver has been bailed in a Sydney court today over the death of a motorcycle pillion and the injury of the rider in a three-vehicle crash in Moorebank in July 2020.

Yoshiaki Watanabe was charged with:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning death — drive manner dangerous;
  • dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm — drive manner dangerous;
  • negligent driving (occasioning death); and
  • negligent driving (occasions grievous bodily harm).

He appeared in Campbelltown Local Court today where the matter was adjourned to 7 October 2020 when Watanabe will be excused from attending. He was released on conditional bail.

The incident occurred about 10am on Sunday 19 July 2020, on Moorebank Avenue, near Church Road, Moorebank, when two cars and a motorcycle collided.

The motorcycle rider, a 34-year-old man, was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.

Sadly, his 41-year-old female pillion died at the scene.

The driver of a silver Lexus, a 36-year-old man, and Watanabe, the driver of a red Mazda CX5, were uninjured and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit officers arrested Watanabe at a unit on Hosking Crescent, Glenfield, about 7.40 that night.

He was taken to Campbelltown Police Station, charged and granted conditional bail.

Investigators are continuing to appeal to motorists who witnessed the crash or who may have dash cam vision to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Our condolences to the pillion’s family and friends and our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for the rider.

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Motorcycle Traffic Collision Injury Statistics You Should Know

(Contributed article for our North American readers)

People love motorcycles because of their low purchase cost, ease of maintenance, fun and adventure. These machines, though, pose an extra risk to riders. Riders are more susceptible to injury and death due to the lack of protection in the event of an accident.

People involved in motorcycle traffic collisions can sustain long-term injuries such as a damaged spinal cord, fractured or amputated limbs and, in worst cases, death.

Below are some of the statistics you should know about motorcycle collisions.

1 Probability of Occurrence

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycle drivers were 27 times more likely to die in car crash per vehicle mile travelled.

In Australia, motorcycle registrations account for 4.5% of vehicle registration and 0.9% of total distance covered by vehicles. The low registration doesn’t correlate with the number of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle collisions are responsible for 15% of fatalities and an even higher percentage of injuries.

So, despite the low numbers of motorcycles on the roads, the risk factors are high. Riders are also more susceptible to injuries and death than in any other category.

2 Helmet Use and Related Susceptibility Rate

Helmets and other safety gear offer additional protection and safety measures to riders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the appropriate use of helmets reduces fatal injuries by 42%. Helmets also prevent head injuries by a further 69%.

Data from NHTSA estimates that economic loss amounting to USD$3.5 billion was prevented and other related costs amounting to USD$21 billion were saved. These amounts and a further USD$1.5 billion could’ve been saved if every rider wore a helmet.

The total fatalities that were prevented by wearing helmets amounted to 1,872, and the other 750 could have been saved if they wore helmets.motorcycle crash accident injury

3 Statistics of Other Causes of Motorcycle Traffic Collision

One significant factor in motorcycle traffic collisions is the age of riders. In 2016, the majority of crashes and fatalities involved riders more than 40 years old. Also, in 2017, a third of the riders involved in road crashes were more than 43 years old.

In a report commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure, the contributing factors of crash fatalities are excessive speeding at 70%, alcohol and drug abuse at 46%, and learner riders at 8%. Sometimes, up to three factors are related to a single crash.

It’s important to note that it’s advisable to seek compensation for injuries resulting from these accidents. Consulting a motorcycle personal injury lawyer can help you investigate the causes, negligence, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance firms or lobby for fair compensation in courts.

4 Motorcycle Injuries and Injury Rate

There have been oscillations between 2008 and 2018 injury rates in the United States–from a high of 96,000 in 2008 to a low of 89,000 in 2017. Also, there has been an outlier in that curve with 104,000 injuries in 2016 and 81,000 in 2011.

The trend is replicated in different metrics, like injuries per 100,000 vehicles registered, and miles travelled in millions and injury rate per 100m vehicle. The general observation is the general reduction in these trends.

For instance, the injury rate per 100,000 registered motorcycles reduced from 1,238 in 2008 to 1,018 in 2017, with a low of 965 in 2011.

5 Motorcycle Fatality Statistics

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association(GHSA), there were 5,000 motorcycle-related deaths in 2017, down 300 on the previous year. The report, however, noted a big representation of riders in total fatalities.

In comparison with other fatality sections such as passengers, drivers and pedestrians, motorcycle-related fatalities have had an upward trend in the past decade. A report prepared by the ministry of infrastructure shows a continued rise from 10% in 1998 to 15% in 2007.

The driver death per billion kilometres travelled indicated that more motorcycle riders died. There were 116.4 rider deaths per billion kilometres compared withy 4.3 driver deaths per kilometre in 1998. In 2003, 116.9 deaths were reported compared with 3.9 driver deaths. By 2007, a 116.9 death rate represented an increase compared with a decrease of driver deaths to 3.9.

These figures indicate motorcycle fatalities haven’t reduced as compared with a 2.0% decrease in driver deaths in the last decade.

The Department of Transportation reports that in 100,000 registered vehicles, 59.34% of accidents related to deaths involved motorcycles, in comparison with 7.52% for light trucks and 10.05% for passenger cars.

Conclusion

Motorcycle traffic collisions are prevalent and more likely to occur than other classes of vehicles, even though motorcycles are fewer on the road. On a positive note, there was a reduced number of injuries in the United States between 2008 and 2017.

Some of the causes of motorcycle injuries include helmets, alcohol abuse, age factor, and excessive speed. World Health Organization (WHO) notes that correct helmet use reduces susceptibility to injuries.

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