Rider’s death a reminder of big rig driving challenges

Published: October 1, 2016
Caravan collides with motorcycle

The death last weekend of a motorcyclist following a collision with a caravan is another tragic reminder of the challenges – and dangers – faced by grey nomads travelling in big rigs.

Whether driving a motorhome or towing a caravan, the potential issues created by the rig’s sheer size and of reduced visibility are similar.

While police are still investigating what was the cause behind the specific accident which killed a rider in his 30s in central Victoria last Sunday and there is no indication that grey nomads were involved, the need for hyper caution on the roads has never been more evident.

The motorcyclist was riding with a group of others near Flowerdale north of Melbourne when he was involved in a collision with a caravan being towed by a Holden Berlina. Paramedics were called, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Footage from the crash site showed how the caravan had been damaged on its front right side.

More than 40 motorcyclists have died on Victorian roads so far this year, making up about one in five deaths.

 

 

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Rob Jones
5 years ago

I am surprised more motorcyclists aren’t killed; many of them take chances overtaking on double white lines. when a bike gets close behind me I always pull over to the left as far as practical to give them more room.

Frank Guernier
5 years ago

Its interesting to note the size of the caravan vs the small size of the holden barina. It looks as if the car is unsuitable or not rated to load carry a caravan of that size.Even if it was not the car drivers fault they might have the traffic authorities looking closely at the tow vehicle.

Nigel Henning
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank Guernier

Yup, absolutely.
the more people I see driving with caravans, the more I think they should have to get a truck license.
While I’m sure that the towers don’t realize how dangerous they are. They are, none the less, very dangerous.

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