The life of a motorcyclist may be an intense and rewarding experience with exciting thrills, but it can also be a very dangerous form of getting from place to place. For various factors, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer a fatal accident due to unsafe conditions or through the fault of other road users. Despite the obvious dangers, the actual statistics may surprise you more than you would believe.
Motorbike Accident Claims, a specialist claims service based in Liverpool, have provided a summary of the key accident statistics for UK roads between the period 2016 and 2017.
A Fatality Is 62 Times More Likely
The headline statistic released by the UK government shows us that if you are a motorcyclist, then you are 62 times more likely to die in a collision than a car driver. That’s according to the official statistics for accidents occurring between 2016 and 2017. For motorcyclists, there were 116.9 deaths per billion passenger miles in 2017. That’s an alarming figure in its own right but even more so when comparing the same statistic for other road users. There were 1.9 deaths per billion passenger miles to car drivers during the same period, a significant decrease in the fatality rate. For cyclists, there were 35.6 deaths per billion passenger miles. This is still a high figure but considerably less so than the fatality rate for motorcyclists.
So why exactly are motorcyclists so much more likely to die from a road accident? When we think solely about the likelihood of an accident occurring, motorbikes have a reduced presence and control than that of other vehicles. When an accident does occur, motorcyclists are at danger of sustaining serious injuries due to a lack of protection. A motorcyclist could collide into an object and potentially fly off their motorbike at a substantial distance. Depending on the impact, speed and landing location, this could provide serious injuries and possibly death. There’s also the risk on being crushed by other vehicles as well as limbs potentially becoming entangled. Car drivers, on the other hand, are safely inside their vehicle and have additional safety measures such as airbags. An accident that causes minor injuries to a car driver could lead to death for a motorcyclist.
Accidents for motorcyclists can come in many forms and it isn’t always due to dangerous or reckless driving of another. Poor weather conditions such as heavy rain increase the hazards while potholes and uneven road surfaces are especially dangerous. As for other road users, failing to spot a motorcyclist exiting a junction or when overtaking is one of the most common accident examples that can occur.
Discover More Statistics for UK Road Incidents
If you’d like to know more about the road accidents on British roads, Motorbike Accident Claims have created an in-depth article on the full motorbike accident statistics. It covers key areas such as the causality rate among motorcyclists, cyclists and motorists, what factors can affect the rate, and advice on what to do if you’ve been affected.