Lack of protective clothing killing bikers in crashes
Published 20/07/2011 | 05:00
MOTORCYCLISTS wearing T-shirts and jeans are dying in road crashes because they are not wearing proper protective clothing.
One in 10 road deaths involves a motorcyclist, according to new figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
And despite an overall reduction in deaths involving car drivers and passengers, the death toll among motorcyclists is up on last year.
Urging all bikers to wear personal protective equipment, the agency revealed that 11 motorcyclists and one pillion passenger had died already this year, compared with nine last year.
RSA chief executive Noel Brett said: " Motorcyclists, moped and scooter users are among our most vulnerable of road users, simply because they have very little protection.
"Yet, every day, we see people on bikes wearing jeans and T-shirts with little regard for their own safety.
"It's tempting when the weather is warm to leave the proper gear at home but by not wearing it, you risk horrific injuries if you crash," he added.