Motorbike study reveals ongoing dangers of road accidents

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A recent study undertaken in Spain and published in the World Health Organization Magazine examines whether any difference has been found in the number of road traffic accidents involving motorcycles, since a law passed in 2004 allowed drivers with a full Class B licence to ride motorcycles without a further exam being passed, providing that they had been driving for 3 years or more.

The study concentrated on Barcelona, with the incentive being to reduce traffic volumes and the number of vehicles being used for one person only, to advocate green issues.

However the study found that not only is there no change to the risk of being involved in an accident, there was an increase in injuries sustained by motorcyclists of 46% over the last 3 years. However on a positive note a fall of 20.4% in fatal accidents relating to motorcyclists has occurred over the same period.

Motorcyclists remain some of the most vulnerable road users. For tips on how to make a claim if you’ve been involved in an accident riding your bike, check out our Motorbike Accident page on our website.

You can also find tips on bike maintenance in our article Motorcyclists' spring into action.

This article was written by Jo Milne of the RTA Team.


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