Motorcycle safety

Motorcycle riders have a much higher risk of serious or fatal injury if involved in a crash. While helmets and protective clothing can reduce the severity of injuries, compared with drivers, riders are more directly exposed to the massive forces of a collision - whether it is with another vehicle, the road or roadside trees and poles.

Regardless of the cause of the crash, motorcyclists are much more likely than car drivers to be seriously injured or killed. Independent research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows riders are 37 times more likely to be seriously injured than motorists. This national report is based on serious injury per distance travelled throughout Australia.

Download the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report 'Serious injury due to land transport accidents 2006-2007' PDF here (1.75MB). This can also be viewed on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website.

Because of the high risk for motorcycle riders, we are committed to creating a program that is focused on:

  • reducing the number of motorcycle crashes, and
  • reducing the severity of injuries to riders.

Our Spokes website provides information for motorcyclists about protective clothing and rider safety, along with some of the State's best rides for motorcyclists. We also have Ride Smart – a free online resource for motorcyclists where new and seasoned riders can practice their skills.

Look out for motorcycles

It is every road user's responsibility to ensure they look out for motorcycles on the road. Riders have a number of factors to consider and compensate for when they're on the roads - including dangerous road surfaces and having to assume others may not see them or allow enough room.

While the majority of riders do all they can to reduce the risks, there are many actions drivers can take to ensure they look out for motorcyclists on the road. These include:

  • use your indicators well in advance when turning or changing lanes
  • use mirrors and do a head check to make sure blind spots are clear when changing lanes
  • give motorcyclists enough room to move
  • make eye contact or acknowledge riders so they know they've been seen.