How Safe are Motorcyclists on UK Roads?

Author:
Simon Stanfield
Partner, Head of Road Traffic Accidents
Date:
12/07/2022

In recent years, campaigns distributed by organisations like THINK! have helped to create a level of empathy between car drivers and motorcyclists. We’ve subsequently seen a reduction in road traffic accidents involving motorbikes.

Whilst we welcome the progress that has been made, we also recognise that motorcyclists continue to face significant dangers on UK roads, such as:

  • oil spills – these are especially dangerous on bends;
  • not being seen by car drivers;
  • uneven road surfaces.

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable as they are not protected in the same way that car drivers are. Statistically, motorcyclists are 62 times more likely to be killed in a road collision than someone driving a car.

If you lost a loved one in a road traffic accident involving a motorbike, or if you’ve suffered a serious injury, our specialist Motorcycle Accident Solicitors could help you. Get in touch for a free claims assessment.

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Who is the Most at Risk?

From 2015-2020, nearly 92 percent of bikers who were killed or seriously injured in a road traffic accident were men.

Whilst young male riders under 25 are more prone to suffer an accident resulting in injury, men aged between 25 and 59 are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident or one that results in life-changing injuries.

Despite these statistics, it’s important to remember that all motorcyclists are vulnerable to an extent. Whilst it’s essential to have a confident mindset whenever you go out on your bike, we would also encourage all motorcyclists to remain aware of the risks involved and take steps to stay safe.

What can you do to Keep Safe?

There are a number of ways you can keep yourself safe as a biker, we’ve condensed these down into five top safety tips:

Five Tips to Stay Safe on Your Motorbike

Where are Accidents Most Likely to Happen?

In the UK, the majority of accidents involving motorbikes happen on urban roads. London alone accounts for around 47 percent of the country’s motorbike crashes. However, the city continues to have the lowest number of motorbike-related fatalities.

In urban areas, accidents resulting in serious injury most commonly take place at junctions. This is usually because the driver of a car has failed to see the motorcyclist slowing down or stopping at the junction before turning.

Whilst most accidents happen in urban areas, 66 percent of fatal motorcyclist accidents take place on rural roads. This is largely because rural roads are often less maintained, with bumps and debris as well as sharp blind bends. 

How Could Simpson Millar Help?

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, our experienced and specialist Motorcycle Accident Solicitors could help you make a claim for compensation.

We work hard to secure the best outcome for bikers who have been injured through no fault of their own. In addition to compensation, we will help you get access to medical treatment, rehabilitation support and, where possible, interim payments to help you with any immediate costs.

When you first call us, we’ll listen to the details of your situation and let you know if we can support you on a No Win, No Fee basis.

If we’re able to take on your case, you will be assigned a dedicated Solicitor who will be there to advise and support you from the beginning to the end of the claims process.

Our Major Trauma Team

We understand that the impact of a serious injury can be far-reaching, which is why we set up our Major Trauma Unit.

As well as working to get you support and compensation, our Motorcycle Accident Solicitors can put you in touch with expert Solicitors within our Major Trauma Team. For example, if you’ve been treated unfairly at work as a result of taking time off to recover, our specialist Employment Solicitors could support you. 

Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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