The scene of a fatal crash at Coles Creek on Monday 10 August 2020.
The scene of a fatal crash at Coles Creek on Monday 10 August 2020.

Desperate plea after horror period for motorcyclists

A desperate warning has been issued after a horror period for motorcyclists on the Sunshine Coast with the rescue chopper tasked to 16 crashes in 12 weeks.

With two weeks of holidays beginning on Saturday, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is urging motorcyclists to be more vigilant on the roads and trails.

The plea comes as crews respond to an increased number of call outs.

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The Sunshine Coast rescue chopper has been called upon the most, responding to 16 motorcycle incidents over the past 12 weeks.

"In the space of roughly 12 weeks, our choppers have responded to around 30 motorbike crashes, which is about a 30 per cent increase on the same time last year," RACQ LifeFlight Rescue director of aeromedical services Dave Donaldson said.

On average, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews are treating almost three people a week who have been seriously injured in a motorbike crash.

The RACQ LifeFlight rescue chopper flew a man to hospital after he crashed his bike at a state forest in the Mary Valley.
The RACQ LifeFlight rescue chopper flew a man to hospital after he crashed his bike at a state forest in the Mary Valley.

Last month, a man was flown to hospital after crashing his bike at a state forest in the Mary Valley.

He was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

Also in August, a 48-year-old Emerald man died after a serious motorbike crash at Coles Creek, just north of the Coast.

"The nature of the injuries, sustained by these patients, are often quite serious and will see the patient transported to a Brisbane hospital for specialised care," Mr Donaldson said.

"With Queenslanders expected to make the most of the warmer weather over the coming weeks, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is calling on the community to take extra care."

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said motorcyclists were particularly vulnerably because they were not as visible and do not have the same level of protection as other motorists.

She encouraged motorists to help prevent serious motorbike crashes by giving motorcyclists space and double checking blind spots.

She said riders should wear quality safety gear and make sure they are visible to all road users.