Motorcycles represent almost four per cent of the number of registered vehicles in Victoria, according to the Transport Accident Commission but represent 15% of all road deaths and 17% of hospitalised claims.
While fatalities are on the decline for motorcycle riders in Victoria, road trauma should not be accepted as inevitable and it is a shared responsibility of motorists of all vehicle to be aware of the risks.
The map below details the number of accidents causing injury that involved motorcyclists in Victoria from 2011-2015.
In Victoria in 2015, 30 motorcyclists were killed on our roads. Of these:
- 90% were male.
- 57% of fatalities occurred in metro Victoria.
- 53% occurred between 10am and 6pm.
- 50% occurred in areas with signs posted at 100km/h or more.
- 23% were involved in single vehicle crashes.
- 43% were head on or overtaking.
- 20% were in an intersection.
Below are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
- Head-on collisions.
- Cars making left hand turns. This generally occurs when a motorcyclist is passing through an intersection, passing a car or trying to overtake.
- Lane splitting. This is when a motorcycle drives between the two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars.
- Speeding and alcohol use.
- Colliding with fixed objects.
- Road hazards including potholes, dead animals, gravel and slick pavement.
As a motorcyclist, the best ways to avoid a motorcycle accident include being aware, pay attention to the cars of wheels, indicators and drivers movements, never speed, never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol and consider investing in a defensive driving course.
Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: September 18, 2017.