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‘An average of $24,100.00 per claim’.
Politics and personal option of who should be paying for what, put aside.
If you think of the average broken bone e.g. a leg is quite a common motorbike injury, you’re looking at an average of 6 to 8 weeks of recovery before the start of gradually returning to work. So, to start, on a salary of about 80k pa, 80% of wages is paid by ACC over the time of incapacity – around 10k over 8 weeks. Then there is the cost of hospital stay, surgery, physio rehab and so on. So, yes an average $24,100.00 per claim is reasonable. Unfortunately motorcycle accidents often result in the riders sustaining multiple injuries so the cost will no doubt increase! However the cost is significantly reduced in the case of death.
One thing their stats don’t seem to indicate is fault, however when you’re sprawled out on the road fault isn’t a priority.
We are a vulnerable group of road users on the ever increasingly faster roads. I always go out with the mindset everyone is out to kill me even in the back roads!