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Motorbike accidents » Accident analysis


The Department of Transport summary of road traffic incidents involving motorbikes provides an interesting insight into motorcycle accidents. A sample of 1790 accidents that took place between 1997- 2002 were analysed in the last report, including 1003 in detail.
In addition, drivers found through the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) contributed ideas and feedback in the form of questionnaire answers. The report showed that:

  • Road users perception of motorcycles, especially at junctions, is a big issue.
  • Not seeing a motorcycle because of car windscreen pillars is often cited as a problem.
  • Motorcyclists have more problems with particular types of accidents, like those on bends and overtaking, than other vehicles.

There are two main groups of riders with different skill sets. The first is young and inexperienced riders, the second is older, more experienced riders. Although the popularity of motorcycling among older born again riders hints at an emerging third group.

Read more about the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) at www.mag-uk.org. The Motorcycle Action Group is a political pressure group with approximately 45,000 members who exist to promote riders rights and welfare.

In 1999 a motorcyclist was killed or seriously injured for every 666,894 kilometres ridden. Further to this, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on UK roads than car drivers.

Motorcyclists often repeat remarks about a car drivers Sorry I didnt see you explanation for collisions, especially at junctions. Mannering and Grodsky (1995) claim that motorcycle riding is more complex than car driving, requiring excellent motor skills, physical co-ordination and balance.

Despite this, car drivers have conditioned themselves to only look for other cars on the road, and not motorcycle riders, and typically blame them in the event of a road accident for careless riding.

Of all assessed incidents, 6831 (38 %) involved ROWVs (Right of Way Violations). Less than 20 per cent involved a motorcyclist who rated as either fully or partly to blame for the accident. The majority of ROWV accidents were found to be the fault of other motorists, occurring at T-junctions. This could have a significant outcome on altering common perceptions of blame in future motorcycle accident claims.

Over 15 % of total cases involve loss of control on a bend, corner or curve. Riders having this type of motorcycle accident were nearly three times as likely to be rated as inexperienced. This phenomenon is reflected in the cost of higher costs for younger riders who seek insurance to cover costs in the event of motorcycle accident claims.

Motorcycle accident personal injury compensation

When people think about road traffic accidents, they normally think about cars. Those involved in motorcycle accidents often draw the short straw, with car drivers pointing the finger at them by saying that they werent visible.

Motorcycle riders and pillion passengers have the right to complain if they have suffered serious injuries, especially if a car driver did not acknowledge their presence.

If you have been injured through a non-fault, or even partial-fault accident, you could be eligible to make a no win, no fee personal injury compensation claim with HappyClaim.

To find out more about our UK-leading service or to simply receive some obligation-free and confidential legal advice, complete an online claim form or call us on 01582 437070.