Police attend the scene where a motorcyclist was involved in a fatal accident on the Casino Coraki Road near Tatham after hitting a cow. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Police attend the scene where a motorcyclist was involved in a fatal accident on the Casino Coraki Road near Tatham after hitting a cow. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Number of motorbike crashes involving animals under reported

UPDATE, 2.10pm: THE Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Christopher Burns says the number of motorcycle crashes involving animal strikes is under-reported.

"Animal strikes in general are under-rated in the statistics," he said.

"There was a study done in Western Queensland that attributed 25% of fatalities in single vehicle accidents to animal strikes.

"Landowners can pay more attention to keeping their stock on their property.

"Motorcycle riders also need to position themselves on the road to give them maximum advantage should something come out."

While inner-city Sydney has the highest number of motorcycles crashes, Mr Burns said regional areas tend to have a high number of fatalities and riders need to take care and expect the unexpected.

"Sometimes you can go months without one and then all of a sudden you might have two or three," he said. "It's just a spike, for various reasons.

"At the moment we're having higher than normal accident rates due to the unseasonably warm weather.

"Essentially some people don't go out when it's cold."

Mr Burns said across the state, the fatality rate for motorcycle riders was actually dropping.

He said the average rate has remained at around 70 per year, for the past ten years, despite the number of motorcycle registrations more than doubling from 85,000 to 216,000.

Mr Burns said riders could take steps to reduce their risks of being involved in a crash by taking part in defensive driving courses that covers what type of hazards riders should watch out for, how to position themselves better in a land and how to drive to conditions.

A list of the Motorcycle Council's safer riding tips can be found on their website www.mccofnsw.org.au


UPDATE 1pm: A STRAY cow was responsible for the death of another Northern Rivers motorcycle rider in August last year.

Bungawalbin husband, father and grandfather, 44-year-old Danny Mostyn, spent two weeks on life support in an induced coma following a motorcycle crash on Whiporie Road.

Mr Mostyn had been riding home from the Gold Coast at dusk when he hit a stray cow on the road.

The impact of the accident crushed his lungs and chest and resulted in a major head injury.

Last month, 20-year-old Matthew Essery was killed in motorcycle crash at McLeans Ridges.

The Ballina resident was travelling south on Cowlong Rd about 8pm when he failed to negotiate a turn and collided with a tree.

A report was prepared for the coroner.

UPDATE 11am: THIS morning's fatal motorcycle crash on the Casino-Coraki Road marks the third serious motorcycle crash in as many days on Northern Rivers roads.

Police have confirmed in a statement the 51-year-old rider died after hitting a stray cow which threw him for from his bike and into a parked police car.

On Sunday, a 19-year-old motorcycle rider from Casino was airlifted to the Gold Coast Hospital in a serious condition after hitting the back of a truck south of Kyogle about 4.15pm.

The teenage rider suffered head and abdominal injuries.

At midday on Saturday, emergency services were called to a motorcycle crash near Woodenbong involving a 50-year-old man.

The man was treated on the scene by local paramedics who transported him to the village where he was them airlifted to the Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

UPDATE, 9.55am: POLICE have confirmed the motorcyclist involved in this morning's crash near Coraki has died.

A Critical Incident Investigation has been launched as a result.

About 12.20am (Tuesday 17 May 2016), police from Richmond Local Area Command were called to Casino Coraki Road to assist with cattle on the roadway.

A motorcyclist has hit a stray cow and was thrown from his bike. The rider has then hit a parked police car.

First aid was commenced at the scene and the 51-year-old rider was also treated on site by NSW Ambulance Paramedics.

The circumstances surrounding that crash are being investigated by a Critical Incident Team from an independent local area command from within Northern Region.

Inquiries at the scene are continuing and localised diversions are in place.

ORIGINAL: FOG and cattle on the road seem to have played a part in the latest crash of a motorcycle in the early hours of this morning.

Ambulance media have confirmed they were called out to a crash of a motorcyclist on the Casino-Coraki Road at around 12.20am.

"We were called out to reports of a motorcycle rider to treat a medical condition," the ambulance spokesperson said.

"It was foggy and there was cattle on the road."

Paramedics treated the motorcyclist who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

It was believed a car was also involved.

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