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    Over the past four years, 2758 crashes involving a motorcycle or moped took place at urban intersections – 38 people were killed in these crashes, with over 500 being seriously injured.

    Drivers are at fault in 90 per cent of crashes between cars and motorbikes at urban intersections, according to Ministry of Transport statistics.

    Motorcycle sales increased in 2020, perhaps a knock-on effect of Kiwis’ inability to travel internationally.

    While 8350 motorcycles were sold in 2019, it is estimated that motorcycle sales will reach 9000 by the end of 2020, the highest in the last decade, according to ACC.

    Last year, ACC accepted 4360 motorcycle claims, paying out $103.8 million for injuries. Statistics show riders who complete a road skills course are 27 per cent less like to make a crash-related claim.

    More than 23,000 motorcyclists have completed Ride Forever, ACC’s on-road coaching courses.

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