Motorcycles make up only 4.5% of all motor vehicles registered in Australia but account for 17% of all road fatalities. There were 211 motorcyclist fatalities on Australian roads in 2017 alone.
While people travelling in vehicles are protected by the structure of the vehicle, seatbelts and airbags, motorcyclists are protected only by their clothing, protective gear and their helmets. Which means that they and other road users travelling around them should take extra care to avoid collisions.
Drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe by double checking for them in their blind spots. Motorcyclists in turn can try to travel where they can be easily observed by other road users.
Motorcyclists are only allowed to lane filter (move in between two lanes of traffic) at speeds of 30 km/h or less when both lanes are moving in the same direction.