Disproportionately high bike accidents


Ian Read was seriously hurt when he was hit by a four-wheel drive while on his motorcycle.          d439413
Ian Read was seriously hurt when he was hit by a four-wheel drive while on his motorcycle.         d439413

A preliminary summary by the State Government found 161 people were killed on WA roads in 2015.

Twenty-one of those were on a motorcycle, despite the two-wheeled transport making up less than 6 per cent of licensed vehicles on WA roads.

Speed was a standout factor in many of those deaths, while one quarter of all fatalities were the result of another vehicle turning in front of the rider.

That prompted RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby to stress that road safety was a two-way street.

“All road users must remain vigilant,” he said. “Motorists need to keep an eye out for motorcycles when changing lanes and approaching intersections.

“Riders should remain aware of their surroundings, wear high-visibility protective clothing and avoid sitting in a motorist’s blind spot.”

Success resident Ian Read was seriously injured when he was knocked from his motorbike by a four-wheel-drive on the Kwinana Freeway in July 2011.

Miraculously, Mr Read recovered to be crowned the Australian National Drag Racing Association’s Modified Bike Champion last July, four years after being told his riding days were over.