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2015 Wales Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The number of motorcyclists killed or injured on roads in Wales has dropped for the first time in five years, official figures show.
There were 693 incidents in 2015 compared to 2014’s seven-year high figure of 749.
Incidents recorded by the police reveal 25 people died in 2015, slightly down from the previous 12 months.
“In Wales motorcycles make up 0.2% of traffic on the road but account for 41% of deaths and serious injuries,” Brake spokeswoman Lucy Amos said.
“Motorcyclists, along with cyclists and pedestrians, are among the most vulnerable road users.
A spokesman added: “The latest statistics show that there were fewer motorcyclist casualties in 2015 than in the previous year which is to be welcomed, but we want to see that reduction continue further still.
Other motorcycle statistics from 2015:
Motorcyclists made up 41% of those killed or seriously hurt in Wales.
Cardiff and Powys local authority areas had the most casualties, while Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Anglesey had the fewest.
44% of the motorcycle casualties were under 30.
55% of accidents happened at a junction.
2015 Motorcycle Accident Statistics Released
Motorcyclists remain the most vulnerable road users, accounting for 21% of all road deaths in Great Britain in 2015. 365 motorcyclists lost their lives, the equivalent of one per day. This was an increase of 8% from 2014, and contrasts with the general downward trend for fatalities among most other road users (for example the number of fatalities among car occupants was down 5%; pedestrians 9% and cyclists 12%).
The number of seriously injured motorcyclists decreased by 5% (to 5042); however the figures were an increase of 4% from 2013 levels. The number of slightly injured motorcyclists also decreased by 1% to 14,511, though 2015 was still above the 2010-2014 average for overall injuries to motorcyclists.
2013 and 2014 Motorcycle Accident Statistics Released
The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in Great Britain increased in both 2013 and 2014.
There were 5558 serious accidents involving motorcyclists in 2014. 339 motorcyclists were killed in reported road accidents (an increase of 2.4% on 2013) and 5289 were seriously injured (an increase of 8.7% on 2013, and the highest level since 2009).
The majority of motorcycling accidents occurred at junctions(45%) and a ‘failure to look properly’ was the most frequently cited cause of all accidents on all road types.
2012 Motorcycle Accident Statistics for Great Britain Released
There were 328 motorcycle users killed in 2012, which represents a 9% decrease compared to 2011 and a 40% decrease compared to the average number killed per year from 2005 to 2009.
The total number of users reported as injured also decreased, with 5000 serious injuries (a decrease of 5% on 2011) and 13,982 less serious injuries (a decrease of 4%).
However some caution should be exercised in interpreting these figures on the basis that 2012 was the second wettest year on record, which likely meant that fewer motorcyclists were on the roads; as reflected in the 2% reduction in motorcycle traffic.
Further, despite the general downward trend 8% of all accidents and 19% of all road fatalities in Great Britain involved motorcycle users, whereas motorcyclists made up only 1% of all traffic.
The majority of motorcyclist fatalities (70%) took place on rural roads, with motorway accidents accounting for only 1% of motorcyclist fatalities and 2% of serious injuries.
69% of all accidents involving injury to a motorcyclist took place at a junction, the vast majority of accidents involved one other vehicle (70%), with the other vehicle involved most likely (79%) to be a car.
The most common reason for accidents caused by car drivers was by failing to look properly (24%), whereas apart from bus and coach drivers, motorcyclists were the road users least likely to cause an accident for the same reason (16%).
2011 Motorcycle Accident Statistics for Great Britain Released
There were 362 motorcycle users killed in 2011, a 10% decrease compared to 2010 and in line with the trend for motorcycle fatalities.
However the number of users reported as seriously injured increased by 10% to 5,247.
Total reported motorcycle user casualties increased by 8% to 20,150 in 2011.
Motorcycle traffic increased by just under 1% (0.9%) over the same period.
Rider deaths were down 33% in 2011 compared to the average number killed per year from 2005-2009.
The motorcycle fatality rate, taking into account miles travelled by bike, was down by 11% between 2010 and 2011.
Serious injuries for motorcyclists rose by 10% while all rider casualties were up 8% in a year.
The figures also show that 48% of crashes between motorcycles and cars were the result of the car driver failing to look properly.
Failing to look properly was the most frequent cause of crashes for all vehicles except motorcycles. Motorcyclists were most likely to crash through ‘loss of control’ and also most likely to be the victim of someone else failing to look.
History Studies into Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcyclists represent 1% of traffic yet account for up to 20% of the deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Motorcyclists involved in accidents are 40 times more likely to be killed than car drivers.
Casualty age and crash types
– Loss of control at bends at speed (11% plus of cases)
– Overtaking/filtering accidents (15% of cases)
The “born again” bikers seem to be becoming somewhat of a public health problem as middle aged (and older) men take to the roads again on ever increasingly powerful vehicles but with possibly rusty riding skills. This is important in framing new policy towards rider training and licensing which to date has focused on younger riders and less powerful machines and which has assumed a continuity of motor cycle use.
Recent European research reveals that nearly 70% of motorcycle accidents involved a car, lorry or bus and that approximately 55% of accidents occur at junctions. It is unlikely that in all these cases the motorist failed to look but rather failed to see the motorcyclist.
Leg and arm injuries are also common and leg injuries in particular can be serious and often cause permanent disability. Leg protection is one area of design that should be further addressed by motorcycle manufacturers.
Factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents are:
– their acceleration rate (high power to weight ratio)
– their relative lack of stability (single track) when compared to 4 wheeled vehicles; and
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