Motorists urged to look twice
Six motorcyclists lost their lives in just a fortnight, four of them died over the weekend alone.
We're urging motorists to look twice and be extra vigilant after six motorcyclists died on New Zealand roads in just a fortnight.
Warmer weather encourages more riders to hit the roads after their winter hibernation and with that comes a spike in on-road accidents.
The latest fatalities are a wake-up call for motorists and motorcyclists, who may need to sharpen their road skills and check their gear is up to scratch.
The cost to New Zealand of motorcycle accidents topped $100 million for the first time in 2018, our claims data shows. In recent years, our motorcycle accident claims have jumped by an average 24% from September to October, the beginning of a seasonal surge that continues into summer.
In the last five years we've helped
In 2018, 48 motorcyclists and four pillion passengers lost their lives and 7,673 motorcyclists received treatment and support from us. Motorcyclists made up 14% of all road deaths in 2018 while accounting for just 3% of total road users.
Motorists should look twice at intersections and when changing lanes and check blind spots before moving.
Riders can improve their skills through courses offered by Ride Forever. Ensuring riding gear is up to scratch can also prevent serious injury.