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? ROAD safety group the Institute of Advanced Motorists is urging the Government to redesign crash barriers to make them more motorcycle friendly.

While crash barriers have saved the lives of thousands of drivers, hitting a crash barrier is a factor in eight to 16 per cent of rider deaths, warns the IAM.

When they hit a crash barrier, riders are 15 times more likely to be killed than car occupants, and in a crash, barrier support posts can worsen injuries by five times.

Most UK crash barriers are designed to protect car drivers and passengers when a car hits a barrier..

For motorcyclists, hitting a crash barrier can mean serious injury or even death as the rider's body takes the full impact.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2012
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