It’s no secret that the road is a more dangerous place to be for motorcyclists and cyclists. They have less protection to minimise risk and are more difficult to see by drivers. Other hazards, such as uneven road surfaces, are also an increasing nightmare. But what you may not be aware of is how many motorcyclists make up the casualty and fatality figures.
We have rounded up some of the key 2016-17 statistics that reveal the biggest dangers for road users in the UK.
62 Times More Likely to Be Involved in a Fatal Accident
One of the most shocking statistics from these findings is the fact that motorcyclists are 62 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident compared to car drivers. It’s staggering that there is such a high likelihood of death among motorcyclists. This statistic shows how hazardous the road can be for motorcyclists. Not only is there the threat of being unseen by other road users as well as other road hazards, but any collision is likely to cause serious injury if not death. In comparison, car drivers have the luxury of interior protection and four wheels for safer control of their vehicle.
Motorcyclists being 62 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident is based on the fatality rate per billion passenger miles in 2017. For ever billion passenger miles there were 116.9 deaths to motorcyclists. The same statistic for car drivers is much lower at a rate of 1.9 fatalities. Many of the same dangers to motorcyclists also apply to cyclists. However, there is a significant difference in the fatality rate. There were 35.6 deaths per billion passenger miles for pedal biker users. While cyclists still have a high fatality rate, they are less likely to die following an accident. This can likely be attributed to the fact that their speed is slower and car drivers take more care when overtaking.
The affects of a motorbike accident can be long-lasting. If a fatality has occurred, then the deceased is leaving behind loved ones. Elsewise, serious injuries can affect both the physical and mental state of the victim. Making a motorbike accident claim can help those affected receive compensation which can be used to come to terms with a loss or help a victim recover from serious injuries.
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Did you know that there were 1,793 deaths on Britain’s roads in 2017? Or that 19% of road deaths recorded involved motorcyclists? If you are interested in these motorbike accident statistics and more, visit the Motorbike Accident Claims website.