We publish these crash reports to remind riders of their vulnerability, make them aware of different types of crash scenarios and offer safety tips. Click here to find out more.
Multi-bike crashes rare
On a brighter note, multi-motorcycle crashes are actually very rare.
In fact, Queensland University of Technology road safety researcher and Triumph Street Triple rider Ross Blackman says that in Queensland they represent just 1% of all crashes and about 4% of motorcycle crashes.
“Of course they’d be much more common in countries with high levels of motorcycle/scooter use,” he says.
“Same-direction collisions are obviously different from head-ons.
“In the former it seems to raise the question of whether they were travelling too close together.”
This can lead to riders banging bars or running into the back of another bike they are following too closely.
Some ride groups enforce a staggered formation as they say it provides greater braking distance to avoid rear-enders while keeping the group together and not strung out.
However, it means a pack of riders are travelling closely together. So if one crashes, it could involve another.
Or in the case of a crash at Kyogle in northern NSW last October, one rider tragically died and three others were injured when a Kias Rio on the wrong side of the road ploughed into their pack. Police have still not charged the driver.
Group riding tips
We have previously offered tips on group riding which you can find by clicking here.