Motorcycle crash latest accident
A 35-YEAR-OLD man was injured when he lost control of his motorbike on a winding section of the Kyogle Murwillumbah Road at Mt Burrell, south-west of Mt Warning, yesterday.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to airlift the man to Lismore Hospital after he slammed into a guard rail beside the winding road just before noon.
A spokeswoman for the helicopter service said the man was suffering from a severed finger and multiple abrasions after running off-road into the guard rail. He was taken to Lismore Hospital in a stable condition.
The motor cyclist joined an increasing number of riders who come to grief on NSW roads.
According to the Motorcycle Council of NSW, each year an average of 2450 motorcycle crashes are reported across the state.
Although they represent only 5% of all road crashes, they account for 14% of all deaths and 9% of all injuries on NSW roads despite advances in safety equipment.
Over the five years to 2008, road crashes in NSW decreased by 8% whereas motorcycle crashes rose by 17%.
Over the same period, the number of registered motorcycles increased by 39% compared with only 8% for cars.
The motorcycle council said more than four out of every 10 reported motor-cycle crashes were single-vehicle crashes.
Almost half involved speed excessive for the conditions.
The council said crashes on curves were more likely to involve some sort of road surface hazard, such as loose gravel, pot holes or diesel, than those on the straight.