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Motorbike accidents » Motorbike crash statistics


It is a well-known fact that motorcycles can be a serious safety hazard on the road. Over the last few years, the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in a road traffic accident in the UK involving two-wheeled vehicles was 147 per 100 million vehicle kilometres.

The University of Oxford transport studies unit was commissioned to review literature about crashes leading to motorcycle accident claims by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in conjunction with the Police Foundation.

This included a review of data on national motorcycle accidents, motorcycle user demographics and motorcycle market trends.

The recent increase in road accidents seems to be connected to an increase in motorcycle ownership and use. In particular, there has been a big increase in the number of high-powered machines with an engine size of 500cc or above.

There were 155,000 vehicles like this in 1992, which increased to 482,000 by 2002. Concurrent with this have been significant changes in the demographic profiles of people involved in motorcycle accidents. In 1982, almost half of all KSI casualties were under 20, which had decreased to a little over one in 10 by 2002.

Born again riders a factor

By contrast, 30 to 39 year olds accounted for less than one in 10 KSI casualties in 1982 but accounted for around a third of such casualties by 2002.

National data seems to confirm the anecdotal evidence that born-again riders are posing a road safety problem.

EU standards have been set for pillion passengers to try to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, but they vary widely from country to country. The minimum age can range from three to 12 years old and in most European countries a helmet must also be worn.

Motorcycle accident compensation claims

Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable road users, not only because they are on a vehicle that is more likely to topple and fall, but also because of dents and bumps in the road that are more likely to affect somebody on two wheels than four.

Despite the risks, motorcycle riders are often very sensible road users and have a very high skills rate. The absence of seatbelts and secure protection around the rider makes the chances of a personal injury during a road traffic accident more possible and more severe when it happens.

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, HappyClaim may be able to help you make a motorcycle accident compensation claim. Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people like you make successful claims for motorcycle accident compensation and our panel of personal injury solicitors will ensure that your motorcycle accident claim receives the compensation it deserves.

To benefit from free legal advice and the fantastic success rate we have forged in partnership with our no win, no fee solicitors, you can either request a call back or simply call our claimline on 01582 437070.