Around 8am today a male rider has come off his bike on Springbrook Road at Springbrook. He was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital with cuts and abrasions. He will be undergoing scans to ensure no other injuries. No further info available at this time.
(We sincerely hope he has a full and speedy recovery.)
Thankfully there was no presumption about losing control or that it was a single-vehicle crash. We would hope our readers would also not presume the crash cause.
Causes of single-vehicle crashes
For a start, it may not even be a single-vehicle crash.
The rider could have come around a corner to be faced with an oncoming vehicle on the wrong side of the road.
This sort of scenario is difficult to prove, but if police make reference to the possibility another vehicle or animal is involved, then it is a fairer assessment of a motorcycle crash where the cause is not known.
It would also provide the public with a fairer view of motorcycle crashes and may educate them to look out for vulnerable riders.
Currently, biased and careless police and mainstream media reporting of motorcycle crashes only serve to demonise riders in the eyes of the public.
How can we expect other motorists to look out for riders or be concerned about our vulnerability if they think we are careless or have a death wish?