In 2016, 56 motorcyclist lives were lost. Of these lives lost, 29% were single vehicle crashes and, of those, 19% occurred on a road with a 100km/h+ speed limit.
- Single vehicle and head on fatal crashes were most likely to occur in regional Victoria or on 100km/h roads
- Intersection crashes were most likely to occur in Metro Melbourne
Motorcycle crash types by speed zones and location, Victoria (Melbourne metro and rural):
|Adjacent Direction (intersection)||4||4||1||1||7|
Crash types are divided into 7 categories:
|Single vehicle crashes are crashes (includes on path crashes) where only one vehicle is involved, and hits a tree, telephone pole or other object, where the motorcyclist loses control and runs off the road, or is thrown from the motorcycle and hits the road surface.|
Vehicles from adjacent directions includes crashes between vehicles at intersections where one or both vehicles are turning, and cross traffic where vehicles approach each other from an angle.
Head on crashes includes crashes where two vehicles strike from opposing directions.
Manoeuvring/overtaking crashes include u-turns, parking crashes, and vehicles emerging from driveways or footpaths, and crashes where vehicles spin out of control, pull out and hit an oncoming vehicle, hit the front or rear end of the vehicle they're overtaking.
Vehicles from opposing directions crashes are similar to head-on crashes, except in this instance one or both vehicles are turning at an intersection.
Same direction crashes include crashes where vehicles are changing lanes, rear end crashes, and side swipes.
The 7th crash type is miscellaneous which include crashes where a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, train or tram, or where an object or person falls from a vehicle.