Protective Clothing
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What we’ve got is a young man
who’s come off his bike.

He’s hit the bitumen,
skidded along

and the denim has disintegrated
on impact.

As little as half a second,
they’re gone.

It’s really ripped into his skin,
through his muscle,

down now to his bone.

Leathers will resist heavy abrasions
for up to six seconds.

We call this a de-gloving injury.

They’ll have it scrubbed out
and all the dead tissue cut away.

People think a short trip, you know,

“Can’t be bothered
getting the full gear on.”

If he’d been wearing leathers,
he could have walked away from this.

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Protective Clothing

For the first time in almost six years, the TAC launched a motorcycle safety campaign promoting the importance of protective clothing for all riders.

The public education campaign asked riders "What's between you and the operating theatre?". This campaign was developed to highlight the risks associated with riding without the appropriate protective clothing and focuses on two key rider groups; motorcyclists and scooter riders.

Both ads take on a reality television show beginning with the aftermath of a road crash.

March 2008

The TAC's motorcycle safety program has two main aims.

  • to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcyclists and
  • to reduce the severity of injuries to riders

As at June 2016, more than 410 thousand Victorians held a current Victorian motorcycle licence or permit. Of these licence holders:

  • 88% were male
  • 6% were aged 25 or less
  • 70% were aged over 40
  • 20% were aged over 60 (with 4% over 70)
  • Just over half (53%) of motorcycle licence holders were active riders[1]

Within the motorcycle crash data pages you will find statistics for motorcyclist deaths in 2016 and claims involving hospital admissions for the year 2015/2016.

291 people lost their lives on Victoria's roads in 2016, of these, 56 were riders and passengers of motorcycles, representing 19% of the 2016 lives lost. This is the highest number of motorcyclist lives lost since 2002.


Independent research conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare indicates that riders are 37 times more likely to be seriously injured than motorists. This is a national figure based on serious injury per distance travelled.

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For more motorcycle related stats check out the motorcycle statistics page showing crash location, demographics, acute hospitalisation claims data  

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A motorcycle rider is at a very high risk of sustaining a serious or fatal injury. Helmets and protective clothing play an important role in reducing the severity of injuries however, compared with drivers of cars, riders are more directly exposed to the massive forces involved in a collision, whether with a vehicle, the road surface or rigid roadside objects such as trees and poles. Because of this, no matter who is at fault, motorcyclists are much more likely than car drivers to be seriously injured or killed.

For the latest motorcycle safety information visit our Spokes website.


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, including dangerous road surfaces and having to assume they may not be seen by drivers or not left 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.


The ad begins with the aftermath of a scooter crash at the scene. We then see the victim crying in pain in the hospital. The camera switches from shots of her leg wounds to her disfigured hand, as the doctor talks to the audience about her injuries and how they may have been prevented if she had been wearing protective clothing.
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WOMAN: She was on her way to work,
riding a scooter.

She’s come off. She’s sustained
some pretty horrific injuries.

Her hand’s mangled. It looks like
it’s gone through a blender.

A lot of skin loss and abrasions.

WOMAN: Just pulling this shirt
away from the skin.

All she was wearing
was a work shirt.

That’s gonna provide
no protection whatsoever.

Literally, her clothing
is now embedded in her skin.

She’s got months of skin grafts.

If you ride a scooter, you’ve
got to wear protective clothing.

NURSE: Try and relax.


The graphic outdoor sign used to show the benefit of wearing protective clothing on motorbikes.

Image of protective clothing campaign