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2016 Victorian Motorcycle Fatalities, analysis/trends

Discussion in 'Research, Studies, and Data' started by Gooza, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. First for 2016 in Vic - RIP

    No Cookies | Herald Sun

    A MOTORCYCLIST died this evening after losing control of his bike in Melbourne’s east just after 8.30pm, making him the first Victorian road fatality for 2016.

    The rider was travelling along Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading, when he veered off into a tree.

    The man has not yet been identified.

    Police have yet to determine the exact cause of the Nunawading crash, and are appealing for any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    The New Year’s Day fatality comes as Victoria Police and VicRoads have lamented the 2015 road toll, which closed out the year at 257 death — eight more than in 2014.
  2. Condolences and sympathy to friends and family of the rider.

    Looking at the TAC stats, and assuming they've just mixed up some of the dates, it appears that the fatality count for 2015 was 30. I don't want to make light of this. Every death is tragic in it's own way, even if ultimately inevitable.
  3. Can we keep the conversations relevant to the statistical and reporting frameworks only? Any over the top RIP condolences and speculative posts will be removed without prejudice or argument.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. Another one today :(. RIP rider.

    Man dead following Kooweerup collision - Victoria Police News

    • SUNDAY, 10 JANUARY 2016 18:46
    Police are currently at the scene of a fatal collision at Kooweerup.

    It’s believed a car travelling towards Melbourne on the South Gippsland Highway turned right into Sybella Road about 4.50pm this afternoon.

    A motorcycle travelling towards Phillip Island also on the South Gippsland highway collided with the car at the intersection.

    The male rider of the motorcycle died at the scene.

    The driver of the car, an 83-year-old Lang Lang man, and his passenger, a woman believed to be in her 80s also from Lang Lang, where taken to the Dandenong Hospital with minor injuries.

    The exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined and the roads will be closed for some time.

    Cardinia Highway Patrol are investigating and appeal for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

    Lives lost

    2016: 5

    2015: 4

    Leading Senior Constable Paul Turner

    Media Officer

  5. And another....:(


    • THURSDAY, 14 JANUARY 2016 23:24
    A motorcyclist has died after colliding into a car this evening in Cheltenham.

    It’s believed the rider was travelling east on Centre Dandenong Road when he collided into a car turning right from Harold Street about 8.30pm.

    The rider, believed to be a man in his 30s, died at the scene.

    The driver of a Ford station wagon stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.

    Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

    Lives lost

    2016: 7

    2015: 10

    Leading Senior Constable Kendra Jackson

    Media Officer

  6. Farkin hell.

    The Kooweerup fatality reminds me of an incident that happened to a mate and short time netrider TOADS, in a similar location. Scooting along a road following a friend, clear visibility and farmer Brown turned across their path to enter his driveway. The friend couldn't stop in time.

    #2 and #3 have all the hallmarks of a SMIDSY.

    Practice robust defensive roadcraft for any vehicle that may cross your path.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. Looking at the location on Streetview, the view of Centre Dandenong Road eastbound from Herald Street (assuming that was a transcription error?) is pretty clear except for one power pole. We don't know everything about the situation though.

  8. Hopefully discussion is allowed in this thread, but I find this wording to be appallingly biased and an underlying implication that the fault lay with the rider. The VicPol Media Team could well do with a letter to this effect.
    • Agree Agree x 4
  9. From the VicPol

    Motorcyclist killed in Dumbalk collision
    • Thursday, 28 January 2016 16:46

    Police are currently at the scene of a fatal collision in Dumbalk where a motorcyclist has been killed.

    It’s believed a cattle truck and a motorcycle collided on Farmers Road, near Milford Road, about 2.30pm.

    The male motorcyclist died at the scene.

    The male driver of the truck is currently assisting police with enquiries.

    Detectives from the major Collision Investigation Unit are currently en route to the scene.

    Police are urging anyone who witnessed the collision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

    Lives lost
    2016: 15
    2015: 17

    Natalie Webster
    Media Officer

    = = =
    No further information available, except that it was a young male rider.

    Based on the description, this is broadly where the incident occurred: Google Maps
  10. May not be relevant, but that region had some very heavy rain yesterday afternoon.
  11. In conjunction with the fairly short sight-lines in that area it could contribute. Curves, a bit blind and undulating with crests in that area.
  12. TAC stats have listed the crash as an opposing direction crash and the rider was 40-49 yo. A farmer in a cattle truck and a rider in a head-on... the scenario possibilities are not great for anyone involved.
  13. Motorcyclist killed in collision with four-wheel drive

    A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a four wheel drive in Boronia, in Melbourne's east.

    The man, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene.

    The crash happened on Stewart Street near Dorset Road just before 4pm on Tuesday.

    Police have not yet determined the cause of the crash and are investigating the collision.

    The female driver of the four-wheel drive escaped injury.

    A total of 18 people have died on Victoria's roads so far this year, and of these five were motorcyclists.

    Police are urging anyone who witnessed the crash to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
  14. Also posted on FaceBook

    Can't access VicPoliceNews page ATM, sets off my anti-virus warning.
  15. there are a few disturbing comments on the FB Page. Personally I'm of the opinion that while VicPol should post that an incident has occurred, they should block anyone from posting, until the cause(s) of the incident are known.
  16. It's just taken me half an hour to clean that shit out. Don't touch that link.
    • Informative Informative x 1
  17. Motorcyclist dies in Campbellfield - Victoria Police News

    • THURSDAY, 04 FEBRUARY 2016 16:28
    Police are currently at the scene of a fatal collision in Campbellfield where a motorcyclist has died.

    Investigators have been told the male rider, who is yet to be identified, crashed into the rear of a 4WD on Sydney Road about 3.05pm this afternoon.

    He died at the scene a short time later.

    The female driver of the 4WD was uninjured and is currently assisting police with enquiries.

    Members from Fawkner Highway Patrol are investigating the collision and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed two motorcycles travelling north at excessive speeds on Sydney Road shortly before the crash.

    It’s believed the rider of the second motorcycle stopped at the scene following the collision before riding off.

    Sydney Road is completely closed north-bound with diversions at Camp Road, and police are urging motorists to seek an alternative route where possible as significant delays are expected.

    The road is expected to be closed for several hours.
  18. This is now being widely reported as a case of on road racing gone horribly wrong. Time and place people.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  19. Without making any assumptions from this article what we can conclude from the last line about the road toll.
    Is that using gov statistical spin, the speed kills mantra, Tacs toward zero campaign and safety cameras,
    are obviously working.