Motorcycles account for just one per cent of traffic on UK roads; however, 19 per cent of fatal road traffic accidents involve a motorcycle. According to the Department for Transport, statistically, you are 38 times more likely to be injured in a road accident if you are riding a motorbike, rather than a car.
But who is at an increased risk of experiencing road accidents? We take a look at the most vulnerable motorcyclist age range.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
The most common types of motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions with other vehicles and crashes with cars which are turning left; human error is the most common cause and examples of this include speeding, drink driving, loss of control and failing to look before moving. Road accidents can also occur when bikes split lanes and drive between channels of queuing traffic or lines of cars, which are preparing to turn in different directions at a junction. Sometimes, motorcyclists are to blame for collisions on the road and in other cases, drivers of other vehicles are at fault.
Which age groups are most commonly involved?
The risk of motorcycle accidents appears to be highest among younger drivers, according to government statistics. The highest peaks in accident rates were seen among 21 to 25-year-olds and 31 to 35-year-olds. Younger drivers often have less experience than older drivers and this is thought to be the main contributing factors to higher accident numbers. With experience, you gain better judgement, faster reaction times, a greater understanding of the roads and a better insight into driving around other types of vehicle.
Safety tips for motorcyclists
The Think Bike! campaign is designed to provide car drivers and motorcyclists with advice to reduce the number of road casualties. Top tips include:
- pay attention to speed limits
- always check over your shoulder before manoeuvring
- wear suitable protective clothing
- always make sure your lights are on when it is dark or visibility is poor
- take extra care in wet and icy weather
- look out for potholes, drain covers and tar banding
- always wear a helmet
Car drivers are advised to check their blind spots, give bikes plenty of room and always check around them before turning.
Motorcycle accident compensation
If you’ve been injured in a crash and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to find out more about claiming road traffic accident compensation. If you’ve been injured in the last three years and you have evidence such as medical reports and eyewitness statements to support your motorcycle accident claim, our expert personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to secure your payout.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice