Ipswich roads are deadly risk to pedestrians, motorbikes

ONE in three road deaths in the Ipswich region involves a pedestrian, a motorbike or a truck.

Queensland Government figures show between 2001 and 2014, about 60% of all fatal crashes involve only cars and about 30% of fatal crashes on roads across the Ipswich council area involved a truck, a motorbike or a pedestrian.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said pedestrians were some of the most at-risk people in cities.

"Crashes involving pedestrians more often than not occur in built-up areas," she said.

"It is not just people behind the wheel of a car who are at risk from distraction. More and more people with headphones on who cannot hear traffic coming are being involved in crashes."

Nearby rural areas the Scenic Rim and Somerset regions had some of the highest percentages of fatal crashes involving motorcycles in the state.

In the Scenic Rim 16% of all road deaths involved a motorbike and in the Somerset region the figure was 14%.

Ms Ritchie said recreational motorbike riders, in contrast to commuter riders, were especially at risk of dangerous crashes.

"Recreational riders are more likely to be involved in crashes at higher speeds in more rural areas," she said.

Ms Ritchie said last year Queensland had more than twice as many motorcycle deaths as 2012 and it was on track to be one of the worst years for riders in recent memory.

Australian Road Safety Foundation chief Russell White said pedestrians and drivers all needed to keep an eye out for one another.

Mr White said road conditions and locations made different transportation modes more likely to be involved in a crash depending on where it happened.

"It is not just the volume but the type of traffic on the road," he said.

"A truck driver on a country road or major highway has a different mindset than a holiday-maker on a Gold Coast road."

Statistics revealed cars are involved in about 60% of fatal crashes on Ipswich roads, motorbikes in 12%, trucks in 11%, pedestrians in 11%, bicycles in 3%, buses in 2% and all other vehicles in 2%.

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Safety tips

If you cannot see a truck's mirrors, the driver most likely cannot see you.

Be aware of your vehicle's blind spots.

If you are turning left, shoulder check for cyclists.

Remember trucks take longer to stop and are allowed to use more than one lane to turn.

Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads