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Crash Research

In the last 10 years, 414 motorcycle riders and pillion passengers have lost their lives and more than 10,000 riders and pillions have been seriously injured on Victorian roads, representing 18% of all lives lost on the road and 17% of hospitalised claims over the last 10 years.

Motorcycles represent almost 4% of the number of registered vehicles in Victoria, and account for less than 1% of vehicle kilometres travelled . Around 9% of Victorian licence holders hold a motorcycle licence.

As at June 2017, more than 420,000 Victorians held a current Victorian motorcycle licence or permit. Of these licence holders:

  • 88% were male
  • 5% were aged 25 or less
  • 70% were aged over 40
  • 20% were aged over 60 (with 4% over 70)
  • Just over half (56%) of motorcycle licence holders were active riders[1]

Within the motorcycle crash data pages you will find statistics for motorcyclist deaths in 2018 and claims involving hospital admissions for the year 2017/2018.

213 people lost their lives on Victoria's roads in 2018, of these, 38 were riders and passengers of motorcycles, representing 18% of the 2018 lives lost.

Of the 38 motorcyclists who lost their lives in 2018:

  • 36 were male
  • 53% of motorcyclist lives were lost in metro Victoria.
  • 65% of these deaths occurred on roads with a speed limit of 80km/h or more
  • 68% were involved in crashes between the hours of 10am and 6pm
  • 71% of all motorcyclist lives were lost on roads sign posted at 80km/h or more
  • 78% of rural crashes occurred on 80km/h roads
  • 47% died in single vehicle crashes, 24% were involved in head on or overtaking crashes and 13% were involved in crashes with another vehicle at an intersection

*SOURCES:

[1] TAC Motorcycle Monitor 2017

Motor Vehicle Census: ABS 9309.0 Motor Vehicle Census January 2018

Vehicle Kilometres Travelled: ABS 9208.0 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 12 months ended 30 June 2016

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