MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS – THE BIG PICTURE
Whilst year-on-year motorcyclist fatality data has seen significant reductions – motorcycle accident statistics continue to report bikers as suffering the highest accident and injury rates per mile travelled (versus all other road users).
Moving on from a high of 693 motorcyclist fatalities in 2003, whilst the new millennium has thus far recorded a total of 8493 deaths, the ‘big-picture’ is that in 2015 there were 40% less motorcyclist deaths than in 2003.
2015 Motorcycle accident data
Despite 2015 recording a 3% overall reduction in road deaths (versus 2014) – significantly, motorcyclist fatalities increased by 8% during the same period, with 365 motorcyclist fatalities reported overall for the year. Serious injuries did however see a 5% reduction to 5,042, with slight injuries seeing a 2% reduction to 14,511. However, the 60+ age group contradicted this downward trend, with a 34% increase in serious injuries and a 10% increase in slight injuries.
In 2015, whilst motorcyclists equalled just 1% of road traffic, this group of road users accounted for a disproportionate 21% of road deaths.
- Of all motorcycle casualties, 91% were male and 9% were female.
- 32% of all casualties were aged 17-24.
- 44% of all casualties occurred in London and the South West.
- 377 seriously injured in 60+ age group – highest since 1984 & exceeded 1000 overall 60+ casualties for the first time since 1986
Motorcycle casualty facts (2013)
- Motorcyclists accounted for 1% of road traffic
- HGV’s (5% of UK traffic) were involved in 9% of motorcycle fatalities (but only 2% of overall motorcycle casualties), with the most common contributory factor being ‘vehicle blind spot’
- Between 2009-2013, cars accounted for 7% of road traffic, but were involved in 71% of motorcycle fatalities and 84% of all casualties.
- Between 2009-2013, the most common factor contributing to vehicles involved with a motorcycle accident, was ‘failed to look properly’ – around 46% with LGV’s/cars. The second most common cause was ‘poor turn or manoeuvre – around 20% with LGV’s/Car’s.
- The majority of motorcyclist fatalities occurred on rural roads (68%).
- Other than fatalities, over 53% of motorcyclist serious injuries occurred on urban roads.
- The majority of all motorcyclist casualties (18,752) occur on urban roads (66%).
- Motorcyclists killed in two-vehicle accidents were more likely (than any other vehicles) to be at a junction and recorded as ‘going ahead’.
- In 2013, 14% of drink-drive accidents involved a motorcyclist.
Ride defensively, take responsibility
Take responsibility and don’t bury your head in your helmet! Most riders perceive their own skills as being significantly higher than the reality. Given the facts and truth that a significant percentage of accidents can be attributed to rider error, all motorcyclists should consider the benefits of further skills training, perhaps being open to embracing training as a journey and not merely a destination.
Think advises the following:
- Ride defensively
- Take further training
- Wear the right gear
- Choose the right helmet