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.

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All images from Google Maps

This photo shows the view the truck driver would have before turning right into Edmund St.

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Image: Google Maps

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.

10 Comments

  1. I saw the horrible scenes and rider undergoing CPR on the road .
    horrible to say the least . Condolences to the family , I won’t be buying a bike after the incident.

  2. As a resident living off Edmund St for only 5 months, the Edmund St turn doesn’t have near enough signage when coming over the hill from Old Windsor Rd. I can’t say enough how many times people have stayed glued to the ass of my car whenever I attempt to turn right into Edmund St at night, even with a good 30m notice of slowing down and indicating I want to turn right. During the day, it’s dangerous, but at night, it’s even worse.

    It changes from an 80km/h zone to 60km/h going a little further up Garfield Rd East to Hamilton St (the next right turn, and that right turn also doesn’t have near enough signage either being just over a crest). Coming from the opposite direction from Hamilton St toward Edmund St, local residents speed up coming over the crest because the speed sign goes from 60 to 80km.
    Both are dangerous turns. Blacktown Council needs to place more reflective signs on the side rail of Edmund St and put up signs of a double intersection so people are aware they need to slow down.

  3. Bruce!
    Do you know as fact the rider was going too fast?
    I’ve had so many similar occurrences while doing the speed limit or less.
    I can guarantee you’ve never been a rider on the road, or you’d know how often it happens to riders doing the right thing.
    Some even wait until you get closer, then turn in front of you.
    You, Bruce, are a moron & it’s attitudes like yours that get people killed!
    I also bet you’re one of those arseholes who pull up in traffic as close to the vehicle next to you so bikes can’t filter through the traffic, which is completely legal!
    Yes, some riders are idiots, but no where near as many as idiot car drivers in their cocoons!

  4. As a Postie for the best part of 44 yrs, there are so many ways to get hurt, but even more ways to avoid it. Being seen is the best, but ‘bright clothing’ and ‘headlight on’ doesn’t always work. I recommend every biker get professional training such as ‘Honda Australia Roadcraft Training’ (H.A.R.T.), as do Posties. Not to teach you how to ride, but more-so how to stay alive. My favourite saying is ‘every accident you prevent, is one you’ll never know about’!

  5. Usual issue is bikers riding way too fast, then all hell breaks loose because some numpty dies and it’s everyone else’s fault but never the biker

  6. Timely article. Similar thing has happened here in Perth just yesterday. Its a big reality to check to be a rider and go past an accident that has just happened. It makes my instructors constant message of ‘Head Check’ ring in my ears whenever I see or hear of these accidents.

  7. I wouldn’t ever rely on trying to make eye contact with a car trying to come across or into your lane. A driver can look right at you and still not see you or not even care. What has always worked for me is to look at the front wheel. If the front wheel starts moving then you can bet they haven’t seen you and will just keep going. It’s easy to spot and something you should always be looking for in those situations. 12 years riding and no accidents yet.

  8. Note: That is the view turning right into Clarke Road, and Edmund St would be just out of frame on the left, you need to take your photo from the opposite direction.

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