RTA Stats That Make You Think Twice!

RTA stats that make you think twice!

For those bikers passionate about the feel of the open road beneath their wheels; being able to see some of the most beautiful scenic routes in the UK; and having the feeling of complete escapism; often the last thing on their mind is the number of motorbike accidents that occur every year in the UK.

According to figures provided by the Home Office, in 2012, there were 195,723 reported casualties on the roads of Great Britain, including 1,754 fatalities and 23,039 serious casualties.  Despite these high figures however, there has been a proven reduction in fatalities on the roads.  In 2012 there was an 8% reduction in the number of people killed compared with 2011, and the number of people seriously injured in road accidents fell slightly (0.4%) compared with the previous year.

Of these figures, out of all of the road fatalities in 2012, 19% of those killed on the roads were riders or passengers of motorcycles; with 316 fatalities, 5104 serious injuries, and 18,618 injuries in total of all severities.

In 2012, there were a total of 516 moped riders (motor cycle riders 50cc and under) killed or seriously injured, and shockingly of these, 45% were aged 17 or under.  For motorcyclists (over 50cc), the age group with the highest number of injuries and fatalities were the 25-59 age group, with 2951 casualties.

One of the most shocking facts however when it comes to motorcycle accidents in the UK is that unbelievably around 80% of these are caused by someone else’s negligence.  Unlike drivers and passengers of other vehicles, motorcyclists are not offered the same protection when driving; and without the protections of seat belts, side impact bars and airbags, motorcyclists are therefore incredibly vulnerable.  Because of this, statistics show that they are 40 times more likely to be killed on the road then a car driver or passenger.

According to Accident Statistics for Great Britain, 48% of crashes between motorbikes and cars were the result of the car driver failing to look properly.  In fact, failing to look properly was the most frequent cause of crashes for all vehicles except motorcyclesStatistics show that motorcyclists were most likely to crash through ‘loss of control’, due to road and weather hazards; and also most likely to be the victim of someone else failing to look.

These statistics show that despite the reduction in the number of road traffic accidents in the UK, statistically there is still a huge risk for motorcyclists, who are often injured or killed through no fault of their own.

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