In August last year, a 29-year-old motorcycle dealer was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a parked car on the outskirts of Sydney.
The driver of the car fled the scene before police arrived.
The incident was the second motorcycle accident that month.
A month later, a motorcyclist died after he crashed his motorcycle into a car, while a motorist on a motorcycle was killed by a driver on a motorbike.
Motorcycle accident statistics released in September last year showed that there were a total of 733 motorcycle fatalities in Australia between April and September this year, compared with 633 fatalities in the same period last year.
According to statistics released by the Australian Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the death rate is the highest in the world for all motorcycles.
Motorcyclists are often seen as the most dangerous drivers in Australia.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics data released in August this year showed motorcycle drivers accounted for almost 40 per cent of all crashes, compared to 13 per cent for car drivers and 11 per cent from all other road users.
The Motorcycle Club of Australia said in a statement that its members have been killed in motorcycle accidents for the first time since 2004.
“The current figures show that we have now surpassed 500 motorcyclists who have been murdered, more than any other organisation in the country,” said the club’s executive director, Stephen Kew, in a press release.
The association also called for more safety measures, including the introduction of a helmet law and for more stringent penalties for those found guilty of motorcycle-related offences.
“It is vital that we take urgent action to improve motorcycle safety,” Kew said.
“We urge all Australians to support the clubs safety campaign and take the first steps towards preventing deaths in motorcyclically driven accidents.”
The AMA has also called on the government to introduce a helmet bill, which would ban helmet use for all road users, and an enhanced penalty for motorcycle-driven offences.
Motorcycles are often a target for the Australian Government’s aggressive drive to increase vehicle emissions, and the AMA said it was concerned about the impact that helmet laws would have on the number of motorcyclers in Australia, especially in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic.
“While we are not able to provide specific figures on the extent to which motorcycle helmets are used in Australia due to data restrictions, we can say that for every person who has been killed by an Australian motorcycler in the last 12 months, there have been more than 5,000 fatalities on Australian roads,” AMA chief executive officer Steve O’Neill said in an email.
The current government has announced that they will be introducing mandatory helmet laws in 2018, and they are expected to impose penalties for the same offences.”