Tag Archives: lives lost

Rider 24 dies in head-on with SUV

A 24-year-old male rider has died in a head-on crash with an SUV at Marom Creek, near Ballina, NSW, yesterday (15 September 2019).

NSW Police could not provide any more details and say a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

The accident occurred about 4pm at the T intersection of Marom Creek Road and Youngmans Creek Dip Road in a rural area.head-on crash with SUV

The rider, who was travelling east on Marom Creek Rd, collided head-on with a Nissan Navara SUV driven by a 69-year-old man.

“The man was thrown from his bike and sustained serious injuries,” Police say.

“Despite attempts by members of the public to resuscitate him, the man died at the scene.”

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

The SUV driver was uninjured, but was taken to Lismore Base Hospital as a precaution and to provide a blood sample.

Officers from Richmond Police District are investigating the incident.

We contacted police for further information, but none is available at this stage.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers online or 1800 333 000.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Another fatality in group riding crash

A 63-year-old Victorian man has died in a crash on a dirt road while out riding in a group southwest of Stanthorpe, Queensland, yesterday (Tuesday 11 September 2019).

Police say the man was riding his motorcycle around noon along Murphy’s Crossing Road at Nundubbermere (above) as part of a larger group.

They say he “lost control and crashed”.

“An off-duty nurse located the crash and provided first-aid along with the other riders, however the man was declared deceased at the scene,” police say.

The Forensic Crash Unit will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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

Quote this reference number: QP1901766556.

Group crashes

Fatal crash highlights group riding risk
Southern Cross Association Poker Run riders

A 61-year-old rider also died on a group charity ride last week on the Moonie Highway in southern Queensland.

Two others were injured.

They were part of a contingent of 351 on the 22nd annual Southern Cross Association Poker Run for Spina Bifida Queensland going from Yeppoon to Nindigully.

On the same day, a motorcyclist died after falling from his bike in the New England region.

The 65-year-old man was travelling with several riders heading west on the Gwydir Highway towards Glen Innes.

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.

Riding in a group can be safer if you have a crash as there are others who can help.

However, there are also risks in riding with several other riders.

Click here for tips on riding in groups.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Two riders die in intersection crashes

Two riders died in separate intersection crashes in South East Queensland yesterday (3 July 2019) where it appears a vehicle has crossed the rider’s path to turn into a side street.

Details are not clear in the first incident early yesterday morning on the Brisbane Valley Highway.

However, in the second incident about 6pm yesterday, police say a utility crossed the path of the rider to turn into a side street.

It is identical to another crash on Monday in Brisbane’s north where a rider was injured when a ute crossed his path to turn into a side street.

A Sydney rider also died in a similar crash with an approaching truck turning into a side street last month.

In the latest sad fatality at Regency Downs near Gatton, west of Brisbane, the rider was travelling south on Gehrke Road when a utility travelling north turned into Lorikeet Road.

Two riders die in intersection crashes
Intersection of Gehrke Rd and Lorikeet Rd. (This satellite image and the photo at the top of the page of this intersection are from Google Maps.)

“As the ute turned, it struck the motorcycle causing the rider and pillion passenger to be thrown from the bike,” Queensland Police say.

“The motorcycle rider, a man in his 30s, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“The pillion passenger, a woman in her thirties, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

The ute’s driver, a 17-year-old girl, and her 17-year-old male passenger were not injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

No charges have yet been laid in any of the above incidents.

Our condolences to the family and friends of those riders who passed away and our best wishes to injured riders and pillions.

Intersection crashes

This recurring crash scenario is not coincidence.

It is one of the most common accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles.

In fact, it is the first of four common crashes with other vehicles depicted in this NSW TRansport vidoe.

The result can be lethal as the rider hits the car in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.

Be suspicious of any approaching vehicle if there is a side street they could turn into.

If the approaching vehicle has its indicators on, assume the driver may turn without giving way to you.

Be suspicious of any approaching vehicles that slow down. Even if they don’t have their indicators on, they could still be about to turn across your path.

Slow down and prepare to take evasive action.

You can alert the driver to your presence by blowing your horn or flashing your lights, although the latter jay appear an invitation for them to proceed.

In such a crash the rider may be completely blameless.

However, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is if the rider is dead.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in crash with turning truck

A 34-year-old male motorcycle rider has died in a crash with a truck that appears to have been turning across his path.

The accident happened about 2.15pm yesterday (7 June 2019) in Garfield Road East, Riverstone, in Sydney’s north-west.

Police have been told the motorcycle was travelling east along Garfield Road East when it collided with a Hino truck which was believed to be turning right on to Edmund Street.

The top photo shows the view the truck driver would have before turning right into Edmund St.Truck crash turning

The rider was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.

The male driver of the truck was uninjured.

Officers from Quakers Hill Police Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Any charges arising from the incident are not expected until the Coroner concludes their report.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

Common crashes

Most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles occur when the other vehicle is turning across their path.

The result can be lethal as the rider hits the vehicle in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.

There are a number of scenarios of turning-vehicle crashes where the rider is completely blameless and others where they are at partial or complete fault.

But in the end, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is if the rider is dead.

These are the four most common crash situations where the other motorist is turning, often without looking for motorcycles:

  1. Oncoming driver turns across the rider’s path to enter a property or side street;
  2. Vehicle pulls out of a side street into the path of the motorcycle;
  3. Motorist pulls over to perform a u-turn without looking; and
  4. A vehicle in front suddenly turns without indicating just as a rider is overtaking them.

Look for these signs

We all know drivers don’t look for motorcyclists for a variety of reasons.

So riders need to assume the worst and look out for these signs in the above impending SMIDSY (Sorry Mate, I didn’t See You) situations:

  1. If an approaching vehicle has its indicators on, assume they may turn without giving way to you and look for movement of the wheels and the driver’s head turning;
  2. Be suspicious of all vehicles coming out of side streets (left or right) and again check their wheels and the driver’s head to see if they have seen you;
  3. Treat any vehicle that pulls over as a possible u-turn or at least that they will suddenly open their door and step out in front of you; and
  4. If the vehicle in front suddenly slows, don’t take the opportunity to pass them. Be cautious that they could be about to make a turn, even if they haven’t indicated.

How to avoid SMIDSY crashesTurning crash

In all the above four situations, slow down and be prepared to take some sort of evasive action, looking for a possible escape route.

If the driver is on a side street or oncoming, try to make eye contact with them.

Make yourself seen by moving in your lane.

You can also alert drivers to your presence by blowing your horn or flashing your lights, although these may be illegal in some jurisdictions and could give the false message that you are letting them cross your path.

Don’t trust loud pipes to save you. Most drivers have their windows up, air-conditioning on and the radio turned up loud, so they may not hear you, anyway.

Besides, in all these situations, your pipes are facing away from the driver.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Riders dies after intersection collision

A 43-year-old rider has passed away in hospital overnight after being involved in a collision with a ute at a Kingaroy intersection yesterday (23 May 2019).

Police Forensic Crash Unit investigations indicate that the rider was heading east on Haly St about 1.50pm when his bike collided with the passenger side of a Ford utility turning from Glendon St.

Riders dies after intersection collision
The rider was heading along Haly St and the ute came from Glendon St on the right (All images from Google Maps)

The rider was thrown from the motorcycle on to the road.

A staff member of the Commercial Hotel on the corner says the ambulance “worked on the rider for some time”.

He was taken to Kingaroy Hospital before being airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he passed away last night.

“There was damage to the passenger side door,” the hotel staffer says.

The ute’s driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.

Kingaroy Police say “no charges have been laid at this time”.

Riders dies after intersection collision
Haly St and Glendon St in Kingaroy

The crash occurred in a 50km/h area and Kingaroy Police say “speed may have been a contributing factor” but would not say which vehicle was speeding.

Police have not yet released the names of the rider or driver.

The Commercial Hotel worker says the rider and 62-year-old man driving the ute were both locals, but she did not know their names.

Investigations are continuing.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

So far this year 15 riders and pillions have died on Queensland roads. That is the same number as last year and about 50% down on the three previous years.

Intersection crashes

Two out of every three accidents (66.7%) occur at intersections, according to the 2017 US Motorcycle Crash Causation Study.

Most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles occur when the other vehicle is turning across their path.

The result can be lethal as the rider hits the car in a t-bone fashion, rather than a glancing blow.

Check our tips for avoiding these types of crashes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in two-bike collision

A motorcyclist has died and another is being airlifted to hospital following a collision between two bikes in Shepparton East this morning (4 May 2019).

Victorian Police say the two motorbikes collided on Coach Road near the Midland Highway just after 12.30am.

One male rider, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.

It brings the number of motorcycle riders who have died in Victoria so far this year to 23, compared with 14 by the same time last year.

The other rider, a male teenager, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the exact circumstances surrounding the collision are yet to be established and the investigation remains ongoing.

Coach Road was closed southbound between the Midland Highway and Channel Road.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has dash cam footage or may have seen the two bikes prior to the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers online or phone 1800 333 000.

Victorian Police are working an extra 300 shifts to increase patrols of the state’s rural roads after the tragic start to the year.

Operation Kinetic features priority areas including Bendigo, Dandenong, Epping and Shepparton.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Second lone rider in sad fatality

A second lone rider has crashed and died in NSW in the past day, lying for some time before being located.

In the first incident yesterday afternoon (24 April 2019), a passing motorist found a 52-year-old male rider lying on the Nottingham Road Bridge next to his crashed bike.

NSW Police say it is unknown how long the man had been lying on the road.

Paramedics attended, but he died a short time later.

Second lone rider

In the second incident, a lone rider appears to have crashed overnight with his body found this morning in the Lake Macquarie region.

Just after 7.30am, police and emergency services were contacted after the body of a man and his bike were located down an embankment off George Booth Drive, Seahampton.

The man has not yet been formally identified.

It seems he may have crashed last night as police are asking motorists travelling in the area overnight to review their dash-cam footage.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District have established a crime scene and the site is being examined by specialist forensic officers.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who know of the rider’s movements.

If anyone has information either crash, contact Crime Stoppers or phone 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. Do not send details via NSW Police social media pages.

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of both riders.

Take care

The two incidents highlight the importance of lone riders telling someone where they are going and when they plan to arrive.

That way an alert can be despatched if they go missing.

Lone riders should also consider carrying a locator beacon or downloading a smartphone app that provides friends and family with their location.

Click here for some of the important apps riders should consider.

First-aid apps riders should download

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Alleged single-vehicle crashes claim toll

One rider has died and another serious injured in allegedly single-vehicle motorcycle crashes in Brisbane over the past couple of days.

In the first incident, a 26-year-old Cornubia man died in a crash on Lytton Rd, Bulimba, at 5.30am yesterday (19 April 2019).

Police say it was a single-vehicle crash, although they have not yet concluded their investigations and are still calling for witnesses and dash cam vision.

In the second incident, police say a 47-year-old male rider from Kingston sustained life-threatening-injuries “following reports a motorcycle had left the Kingston Road and crashed”.

Again, police have not finished their investigations and are calling for witnesses and dash cam evidence.

Our condolences to the family and friends of the first rider and our best wishes for a speedy recovery for the second rider.

Single-vehicle crashesWhat to do if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident crash single

The police allegations that these are single-vehicle motorcycle crashes are a concern.

It raises the spectre that the riders were at fault. Such assertions should not be made until investigations are completed.

Other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians or a stray animal could have caused the crashes.

Claiming they are single-vehicle crashes only confirms in the minds of the public that riders have a death wish and do not deserve their respect and consideration.

These are dangerous assertions that jeopardise the safety of all riders.

In fact, the statistics show that more motorcycle fatalities are in multi-vehicle crashes.

And in half of those the rider was not at fault.

Last month, Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce said he feared police assumed crashes riders were guilty until proven innocent.

“I think there is a view that riders are more likely to be at fault in accidents involving motorcycles and that speed is the common factor,” Steve says.

“We see this in single-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, where the rider is automatically deemed to be at fault.

“This ignores factors such as road condition, line markings, recent roadworks, lack of signage.”

Witnesses soughtDayGlo Queensland Police witnesses single

If you have information for police on either of these incidents, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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

In the rider fatality, quote this reference number QP1900767388 and in the second incident, quote QP1900775488.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider dies in multi-vehicle collision

A 24-year old male rider has died and another male rider has been seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving two motorcycles and two cars in Melbourne last night (15 April 2019).

Police are appealing for witnesses to the multi-vehicle collision in Clifton Hill at the intersection of Roseneath and Hoddle streets about 8pm.

The 24-year-old Northcote rider died at the scene while the other rider was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The male driver of one of the vehicles was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are seeking witnesses travelling south bound along Hoddle Street in Clifton Hill that may have witnessed two motorcycles travelling together.

Investigators would also like to speak to the driver of a light-coloured Mercedes travelling southbound on Hoddle Street who would have witnessed the collision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The same goes for anyone who may have information or dash-cam footage that could assist police; you can also submit a confidential online report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Cops Police motorcycles witnesses emergency fatal witnesses police pursuit unlicensed multi

Our condolences to the family and friends of the young rider who died and out best wishes to the other for a seedy recovery.

It brings to 22 the number of riders who have died in Victoria so far this year, double the number over the same time last year.

Last month, Victorian Police added 300 hours of extra shifts to patrol the state’s roads after a spate of road fatalities.

No doubt police in Victoria, as well as other states, will be out in force over the Easter break.

In NSW, police are referring to their Easter operation as “Operation Tortoise”.

Double demerit

Double demerit points will apply in NSW, ACT and Western Australia from tomorrow and will return for the Anzac Day public holidays.

There is no double demerit system in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia.

If you are a rider from those states passing through those states and the ACT, double points will not apply.

However, Queensland riders should note that double points do apply to speeding offences of 21km/h or greater over the speed limit and seatbelt offences if they occur more than once within a 12 month period.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Police action in 2 states over rider deaths

Police in NSW and Victoria have launched special operations in response to a rapid escalation in rider deaths so far this year.

The NSW action comes after the deaths of three riders in as many days.

Meanwhile, Victorian Police Operation Kinetic will add 300 shifts over the next 10 weeks to increase patrols of the state’s roads follows a doubling of motorcycle fatalities this year.

Victorian Motorcycle Council chairman Peter Baulch says the extra patrols were to be expected given the high rider toll.

NSW deaths

The three NSW deaths over the weekend were:

  • Just after 4.30pm on Sunday (24 March 2019), emergency services were called to the Great Western Highway at Meadow Flat, following reports a motorcyclist had come off his bike. Officers from Chifley Police District attended and found the 59-year-old man had died at the scene.
  • About 8.30am on Saturday, a motorcycle and a utility collided on Putty Road, Howells Valley, about 50km south of Singleton. The motorcycle rider, a 44-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was flown to John Hunter Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the utility, a 58-year-old man, was uninjured. He was taken to Singleton Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
  • Just before 7.30pm on Friday, emergency services were called to the New England Highway near Whittingham, after a motorcycle and two cars collided. Officers from Hunter Valley Police District rendered assistance. The 50-year-old rider died at the scene.

Our condolences to their families and friends.

Steve Pearce Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer texting distracted sentence siege rider deaths
Steve Pearce in action

Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce says he is “always saddened” to hear of rider deaths.

“I think we all consider the effect on families and friends, and also the emergency services who have to attend the accident scene,” he says.

“A day out enjoying an activity which gives us so much joy can quickly change for the worse.”

Dangerous riding

NSW Police say they prosecuted several riders over the weekend for traffic dangerous offences:

  • About 12:20pm on Sunday, Highway Patrol motorcycle officers observed a motorcycle travelling towards them on the incorrect side of the road, while overtaking another vehicle across double yellow lines. The rider was issued an infringement notice for ‘not keep left of the dividing line’, fined $337, and lost three points.
  • About 3.35pm on Sunday, Hunter Valley Highway Patrol were carrying out “stationary speed enforcement” on the New England Highway at Lower Belford when they detected a motorcycle travelling at 169km/h in a 100km/h zone. Police activated lights and sirens and directed the rider to stop. A 25-year-old Dubbo man has been issued a traffic infringement notice for speeding by more than 45km/h and his licence was suspended.
  • About 11:20am on Saturday, at Carrathool, officers detected a rider at 160km/h in a 110km/h zone while overtaking another vehicle. The 19-year-old provisional licence-holder was arrested for  a blood/urine analysis and issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit over 45km/h. He was fined $2345, his licence was suspended for six months and his registration for three months.

    Rider deaths
    Rider stopped by NSW Police for speeding

Vulnerable riders

NSW Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said there had been 18 rider deaths so far this year. That’s six more than at the same time last year.

“Drivers and riders alike need to make sure that they are doing the right thing and sharing our roads safely,” he says.

“Highway Patrol officers will continue out in force to prevent further harm to NSW road users; however, we need the help of the public to stem the current rise in fatalities.”

Steve provided these statistics that show motorcyclists are vulnerable road users:

  • 17% of motorcycle fatalities involve alcohol levels over the legal limit;
  • Excessive speed is attributed to 54% of motorcycle fatalities; and
  • 8% of motorcycle fatalities involve fatigue.

He says the highest number of motorcycle fatalities are in the age group under 30 while fatalities in the 50-59 age group tripled over the past 10 years. Males are the majority of fatalities (96%) and 17% of motorcyclists killed do not hold a valid Licence. 

“These statistics don’t mean we should stay home,” Steve says.

“We just need to understand the risks we face as motorcyclists, and apply some basic risk strategies before we ride out.”

NSW Motorcycle Council rider advice 

Ride to conditions: More than any other road user, motorcyclists are vulnerable to road conditions. If it doesn’t feel safe to continue, then stop and wait until conditions improve. You are the best judge. Toughing it out generally is an indicator of subjecting yourself to additional risk. 

Risk assessment: The best road riders are risk managers. Take your own risk assessment before you go out for a ride. How much experience have I had with the type of riding I am about to start? Am I totally comfortable on the motorcycle I am riding? How fit am I? is the motorcycle well serviced and ready to go? If you have any doubts about your ability, readiness or fitness, its probably a good idea to stay home and polish the beast! There will be plenty of other opportunities to ride.

Training and experience: There are plenty of rider training schools offering skills development and refresher courses. If you can’t get to a course, spend some time on the Rider Risk video series on YouTube for riding and survival tips.

Rest every couple of hours: Plan your ride. On your way there will be some great places to stop and rest, and enjoy the local hospitality and scenery. Taking a regular break will keep you fresh and alert.

Don’t drink and ride: This is one of the easiest strategies we can implement to survive.

Speeding: It’s not the speed that is the problem, it’s what happens when a speeding rider has to cope with either changing road conditions or the random act of another motorist. Trees, guardrails, other moving objects, slippery road markings, gravel and potholes are not your friends when you come off a speeding motorcycle. Leave it for the racetrack.

Wear the best gear available: Research indicates that wearing the best protective gear available leads to a much better chance of survival. Why? Comfort and protection. If in doubt, refer to the testing results on the MotoCAP website and the MCCNSW Helmet videos.



Source: MotorbikeWriter.com