Motorcycle fatalities account for around 21% of all fatal accidents on UK roads. The number of serious motorcycle accidents (5042) and less serious motorcycle accidents (14,511) which occurred in 2015 showed a slight decrease from the previous year though figures may still increase for 2016 and 2017. If you would like advice about compensation following a motorcycle injury, please contact Accident Advice Helpline.
Why do motorcycle accidents happen?
Motorcycling accidents happen for a number of different reasons, including:
- Poor weather conditions affecting visibility and road surfaces e.g. snow, ice, heavy rain
- Hazards in the road, causing motorcyclists to swerve or come off their bikes
- Motorcyclists travelling too fast, affecting their ability to take corners and turnings and not be able to stop in time if a car or other vehicle pulls out in front of them
- “Born again riders” meaning older generations who decide to buy and ride powerful motorcycles with limited experience
- Drivers of other vehicles who are not looking properly for motorcycles at junctions, when changing lanes or when opening their vehicle doors while parked on a road
If you have experienced a serious injury following a motorcycle accident which was not your fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if you have a right to claim compensation. Your accident must have happened in the last three years and your injuries must have been seen by a medical professional for you to be eligible to claim.
How does the UK motorcycle injury rate compare to USA?
Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users in both the USA and the UK. In the USA it is estimated that motorcyclists face a greater risk of injury, up to 35 times more than a car driver, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Whereas information from the UK Department for Transport reports suggests that motorcycles in the UK are up to 16 times more likely to be involved in an accident than a car.
Make a claim for your injuries
The motorcycle injury rate is still relatively high year on year and many campaigns seek to educate motorcyclists and other drivers on how to stay safe and avoid serious accidents. If you were badly hurt after a motorcycling accident, contact our team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile).
Category: Motorbike accident claims