It may seem logical that when riding on a motorcycle, without the protection offered by the solid casing of a car, injuries sustained from road traffic accidents would be more serious; here we will see if this assumption is actually correct.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident on the road in the last three years which was somebody else’s fault then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation and Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this. Call our freephone number which is available 24/7 and speak to one of our friendly advisors who will take you through the details with no obligation to proceed.
Helmets and protective gear
There is a clear link between the risk of head injury and the use of helmets. In the US where state laws on helmet use vary the statistics clearly show more injuries in states where there is not enforcement.
Head injuries are by far the most common cause of fatal accidents; you are 40 per cent more likely to die if you are not wearing a helmet and suffer an accident.
Other protective clothing such as jackets and pads are less researched but we can accept that they have some positive effects on reducing the severity of injuries.
Statistics – how much more dangerous is a motorbike?
- On a bike the rider is 35 times per mile more likely to be killed than a driver in a car.
- In a crash, a rider is eight times more likely to suffer an injury than a passenger or driver in a car
- Serious injuries are 16 times more likely for motorcyclists in a crash.
- 45 percent of deaths involving motorcycles are from crashes not involving another vehicle.
Most common non-fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash:
- 30 per cent – Legs and feet
- 22 per cent – Head and Neck
- 20 per cent – upper body
- 18 per cent – hands and arms
Accident Advice Helpline is a firm with a legal team boasting years of experience in dealing with compensation claims for motorbike accident claims as well as other liability claims. You can rest assured that working on a no-win, no-fee* basis, you will be given the best advice and in most cases the entire process can take place over the telephone. So give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisors.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice