Are the roads becoming safer for motorcyclists in the UK? A quick look at reports dating between 2005 and 2012 suggests it’s just possible. According to the leading reports, there has been a consistent reduction in the number of fatal accidents throughout that span of time. Though there were nearly 350 fatalities in 2012, it was still minimal compared to the average of 800 deaths between 2005 and 2009, annually.
Some argue that these figures are skewed and don’t take into consideration the change in the number of riders on the road. Even if that is true, one cannot deny that efforts are continually made to make the activity safer. Motor bikes are being built better, helmets are more resilient, and even the clothing is being made from progressively better materials.
Unfortunately, fatal accidents, and even those that involve serious injuries, are devastating to the friends and families involved. Furthermore, those who are left to absorb the costs of repairs and funerals are burdened in more ways than one. It is truly a tragic ordeal, regardless of the age, sex, or experience level of the rider. It is never easy to watch a person go down prematurely.
While the statistics are heading in the right direction, there is still big reason for concern because motorcycle accidents make up nearly twenty percent of all fatal accidents in the UK. Yet, only one percent of the vehicles on the road are motor bikes. Everyone realizes that the risk is greater when so exposed to the elements, and when left unshielded by the metal and glass of passenger cars. Yet, there are still a lot of accidents that could have been prevented with greater care on the part of the bikers and the other drivers on the road.
Too often these deadly accidents result from risky maneuvers on the part of the motorcyclists or because other drivers fail to see the motor bikes riding near their vehicles. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, contact us immediately.