Bike crashes don?t stop popularity
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AT least a dozen motorcycle accidents have happened around Gladstone since June last year, but local motorcycling enthusiasts believe motorcycles are not more dangerous than cars.
Harbour City Motor Cycles dealer principal Mark Harris said any motorist could be hurt in an accident regardless of the vehicle.
'A lot of people fall off motorbikes and don't get hurt and there are a lot of fatal car accidents too,' he said.
He said motorcycles were becoming more popular and riders were aware of the need to take precautions and wear safety gear.
Q Ride motorcycling instructor Wayne Tucker said there were three main causes of accidents involving motorcycles: inexperience, attitude and speed.
'It's up to the rider to be aware of cars, so they have to be observant and make sure they have their lights on and be patient,' he said.
Dan Horton, who was paralysed from the mid-chest down after a motorcycle accident in November, said he believed motorcycles were 'good fun and good transport' but people needed to be aware of the dangers.
'I think you just need to ride sensibly and don't go too fast and don't do things you're not meant to do and just be careful,' he said.