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Motorcycles at Intersections:
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“Nearly 80% of urban intersection two vehicle motorcycle collisions occur at signalised intersections. In 75% of these crashes the motorcycle had the right of way.”

80% of accidents involving cars & motorcycles occur at intersections including roundabouts. Motorcycles can be difficult to see & be hidden by other vehicles, or even obscured by the windscreen pillars of your car. These accidents happen at all intersections, regardless whether there’re controlled by lights, or stop & give way signs. When approaching any intersection, it is very important to look in all directions & both sides of the car’s pillars before making turns or moving onto the carriageway. At Traffic lights be very careful making right hand turns, as motorcycles can seem to appear from nowhere when you are already committed. DO NOT run red lights, as a motorcycle at the front of the traffic can be in the centre of the intersection within a second of the light turning green for them.

Drivers blamed for biker crashes
New research shows drivers, not motorcyclists, are responsible for most crashes involving motorbikes and other vehicles, a motorcycle insurer says.

Based on an analysis of all claims received over the three years to last year, Swann Insurance general manager Duncan Brain said motorcyclists were not to blame in 68 per cent of accidents in Victoria where they and other vehicles were involved.

Nationally, more than 9100 claims showed that 70 per cent of accidents were caused by the other driver, according to the research. read more

International Links
Insurance Information Institute of USA -

  • Motorcyclists were 34 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a crash in 2004, per vehicle mile traveled.
  • Some 88,000 motorcycles in America were involved in crashes in 2004.
  • The fatality rate for motorcyclists was 4.8 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants per registered vehicle in 2004.
  • In 2004, 4,008 people died in motorcycle crashes. According to preliminary data, the U.S. Department of Transportation says that in 2005, 4,315 motorcyclists died in crashes, up 7.7 percent from 2004.
  • There were 5.4 million motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2003, according to latest data available, compared with 131.1 million passenger cars. Motorcycles accounted for 2.3 percent of all registered motor vehicles and 0.3 percent of vehicle miles traveled.

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