Victoria's TAC warns of motorcycle dangers

Victoria's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has warned that some motorcyclists are continuing to put themselves and other road users at risk after the state recorded its highest month for motorcycle deaths in 20 years last month.

According to the Geelong Advertiser, while motorcyclists represent just three per cent of all registered road users in Victoria, they account for 20 per cent of all TAC medical costs.

"There are some motorcyclists who fail to understand how vulnerable they are, and when travelling at speed in a collision they will always come off second best, regardless of who is at fault," commented TAC road safety and marketing senior manager John Thompson.

"Similary, car drivers need to be aware that motorcyclists are legitimate road users and need to keep an eye out for them."

The warning comes as TAC sets about promoting its motorcycle safety campaign through billboards, advertisements and education programs during the peak-riding season.

Motorists aiming to protect themselves and others on the roads can choose to compare car insurance in search of the best policies. Mr Thompson urged individual motorcycle riders to reduce their risks by wearing protective clothing and by riding within their capabilities.

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