Motorcycling is known to be exciting and exhilarating. However it can also be extremely dangerous. Each year over 300 motorcyclists die and nearly 5,000 are seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain.
Whilst the numbers of serious accidents involving motorcyclists continues to fall, serious injuries to motorcyclists are out of all proportion to their presence on Britain’s roads. Motorcyclists represent just 1% of total road traffic but account for 19% of all road user deaths. In addition motorcyclists are approximately 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants.
There are a number of reasons why motorcyclists face a greater risk of being involved in an accident and why they are also more likely to be seriously injured. These include:
- The failure of drivers to see motorcyclists on the roads
- The lack of protection afforded by a motorcycle
- The speed at which motorcycles travel and in particular the rate at which they can accelerate
- The relative instability of a two-wheeled vehicle on wet or icy roads
The risks of being involved in a motorcycle accident can be reduced by riding defensively and by wearing the right protective equipment. This includes bright or fluorescent clothing which also provides a high degree of body protection. Choosing the right helmet could also save your life. Further information regarding safe riding techniques and appropriate safety equipment can be found on a number of websites including direct.gov or rospa.