Middle age motorcyclists highest risk on roads

The State’s peak motoring body has urged motorcyclists to take extra care on the roads after it was revealed an alarming number of patients airlifted this year in Mackay were riders.

RACQ CQ Rescue chopper on scene at a car crash at Moranbah

RACQ CQ Rescue figures revealed from January to April 2018, more than 60 percent of patients seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents were motorbike riders.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was imperative motorcyclists rode defensively and within their skill level.

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Motorcyclists need to be aware of the road conditions and the potential hazards around them to stay focused and in control,” Mr Spalding said.

“Drivers also need to play their part in keeping motorcyclists safe. It’s about giving space to motorcyclists, checking your blind spots, particularly when changing lanes.

“A moment of inattention or carelessness can have deadly consequences for motorbike riders.”

The statistics also found five of the nine motorcyclists injured and airlifted this year were men over 40.

RACQ CQ Rescue pilot and base manager Owen Maitland said it was concerning last year’s road toll figures found males over 40 accounted for three quarters of all motorbike deaths in Queensland.

“Obviously risk-taking behaviours including speed, combined with inexperience and loss of control are the main contributors of motorcycle accidents,” Mr Maitland said.

“Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of all road users. Whether it’s a multi-vehicle accident or a crash into an object such as a tree or guard rail, riders are always going to come off second best.”