Friday, 31. October 2014
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A new study carried out by the Austrian Traffic Club (VCOe) has shown that 95 per cent of all motorbike fatalities in the last five years were male.
Over the past five years 390 motorcyclists were killed on Austria’s roads – 369 of the victims were male the study has revealed.
Already this year (2014) twelve biker’s have lost their lives on Austrian roads (10 males and 2 females). Five of the victims were aged between 20 and 29. Seven of the victims were aged between 33 and 61.
More than 180,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents on Austrian roads in the past five years. 84 per cent of those injured in motorbike accidents were male.
VCOe Expert Bettina Urbanek said: "The motorbike is a mode of transport, which is mainly used by men. Nevertheless the number of male motorbike fatalities is still above average."
87 per cent of newly registered motorbikes since the year 2000 were by male riders.
The most common cause of motorbike accidents in Austria are high speed, risky overtaking manoeuvres and curve cutting, but also there are many accidents where other road users fail to see motor bike riders.
Urbanek added: "We appeal to everyone on the road to pay more attention and drive more carefully so the number of accidents reduces."
One in four of the fatal motorbike accidents since 2009 have happened in the province of Lower Austria where 100 bikers have been killed. This is followed by 67 in Styria and 62 in upper Austria. The province with the lowest number of motorbike fatalities since 2009 is Vorarlberg with 9 fatalities.
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