Revealed: Coast has lowest number of bike deaths

ONE in seven fatal crashes on Fraser Coast roads involve trucks.

Queensland Government statistics show between 2001 and 2014, 29 people were killed in crashes involving a truck on Fraser Coast roads.

But the region had one of the lowest percentages of deaths on motorbikes of all major Queensland centres.

Although most fatal crashes involved only cars - about 72% of all road deaths - trucks were the second most likely vehicle type to be involved in a fatal crash.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said rural roads were especially dangerous for truck crashes.

"If you do have a crash that involves a heavy vehicle on a rural road it is more likely to be more serious," she said.

She said often poor quality roads and the size of trucks meant even a smaller crash had the potential to be deadly.

A further 5% of fatal crashes on the Fraser Coast involved motorbikes - one of the lowest percentages of major cities in Queensland.

She said recreational motorbike riders, in contrast to commuter riders, were especially at risk of dangerous crashes.

Ms Ritchie said last year (2015) Queensland had more than twice as many motorcycle deaths as in 2012.

Ms Ritchie said, across Queensland, last year (2015) saw more than twice as many motorcycle deaths as 2012. "Recreational riders are more likely to be involved in crashes at higher speeds in more rural areas," she said.

Australian Road Safety Foundation chief Russell White said pedestrians and drivers needed to keep an eye out for each other.

Mr White said road conditions and locations made different transportation modes more likely to be involved in a crash depending on where it happened. Statistics revealed cars are involved in about 72% of fatal crashes on Fraser Coast roads, trucks in 14%, motorbikes in 5%, pedestrians in 4%, buses in 1% and all other vehicles in 1%.



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