Drivers are responsible for almost two-thirds of all motorcycle-to-car crashes – but do YOU believe it?
- Drivers are at fault in the majority of motor vehicle and bicycle crashes
- Cyclists are more seriously injured at intersections with “stop” or “give way” signs
- Police say the driver was responsible in 63% of motor bike crashes in Queensland
Drivers are responsible for the majority of motor vehicle and bicycle crashes, a recent crash study found.
Cyclists were also found to be more seriously injured at intersections with ‘stop’ or ‘give way’ signs than at those with traffic lights or no signage, Queensland Police accident records showed.
Police considered the driver to be responsible in 63% of motor cycle accidents in Queensland over a 13-year period.
Drivers have been found responsible in the majority of motor vehicle and bicycle crashes, a recent crash study found
Of the 5,388 bicycle-motor vehicle collisions reported by police at reported intersections, nearly 40% occurred at intersections with stop or passage signs, a Queensland University of Technology to study find.
Drivers or cyclists can have an obstructed view when approaching or leaving a given intersection, said Rabbani Rash-ha Wahi, who led the project.
“In most cases, the bicycle and motor vehicle approached at right angles to each other and collisions may occur because drivers have difficulty in gauging the size of the gaps and the speed before deciding if they are. must enter via the secondary road or perform a turning maneuver, ”Mr. Rash said. ha Wahi said.
Cyclists (pictured here blocking traffic during a ‘Die-In’ protest in Brisbane) were also more seriously injured at intersections with ‘stop’ or ‘give way’ signs than those with traffic lights or without any signage, Queensland Police accident records have shown
“However, when the cyclists were found guilty of accidents at stop and crossing signs and uncontrolled intersections, their injuries were more serious,” he said.
Collisions at intersections controlled by traffic lights were also found to be the fault of the driver or cyclist.
Mr Wahi found that cyclist injuries were more severe in motor bicycle crashes at unreported intersections in hilly areas than in flat areas.
“Cyclists and drivers may not be able to see each other until too late because of the peaks and valleys, or they may be riding faster,” he said.
“The large number of bicycle / motor vehicle accidents at four-lane intersections with traffic lights suggests that cyclists may not have enough time to pass through the intersection before motorized cross traffic receives an impact. green light, perhaps because signal timing is often based on the speed of motor vehicles. . ‘
Mr Wahi found that cyclist injuries were more severe in bicycle-to-vehicle crashes at unreported intersections in hilly areas than in flat areas (Photo: A man cycling seen in Sydney)