Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Older motorcyclists more likely to have a non-fault motorbike accident
Motorcyclists are among the most at risk road users and according to figures released by Lancashire Police 45% of all serious and fatal road accidents north Lancashire – including Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre areas – have involved motorcyclists with just over half of these collisions being caused by rider error. However, a significant number of motorbike accidents are non-fault on the part of the biker and are caused by the actions of other road users.
Young riders most likely to have an ‘own fault accident’
Police investigation into collisions showed that in cases involving a motorbike or moped under 125cc the average age of the rider was 19 years. In 80% of those collisions the rider was to blame.
However, in collisions involving machines with over 500cc the average age of the rider was 38 years and in these cases the biker was to blame in only 44% of collisions. The majority of accidents involving larger bikes ridden by older riders were non-fault on the part of the motorcyclist.
Unsurprisingly 80% of all collisions involving a motorcycle occurred between Friday and Monday which is perhaps accounted for by the fact that, in addition to being a regular form of transport, motorcycling is also a leisure activity enjoyed by many more bikers at weekends than during the week.
Older bikers are statistically safer riders
The police investigation shows that, statistically, older bikers are less likely to have an own-fault accident. This is unsurprising as older bikers generally have years of riding experience and a higher level of riding ability than new bike owners. However, there are significant numbers of older bikers taking up motorcycling or returning to motorcycling after a break. It is important that all riders, whatever their age and experience, are aware of their own riding limitations and the importance of riding responsibly and avoiding taking risks.
According to Sgt Nigel Ralphson of the Road policing unit:
“Older riders may also want to think about if their riding skills and physical fitness is what it should be, and consider taking an eye test or brushing up with a refresher riding course. It is not a sign of weakness – it is taking proactive measures to ensure your own safety.”
Other road users urged to ‘be aware’ of motorcyclists
Lancashire Police regularly interact with motorcyclists in order to get safety messages out to them. However, in view of the fact that many motorbike accidents are caused by other road users it is important that the police urge other motorists be more aware.
Sgt Ralphson said: “Many collisions involve other road users who haven’t seen the motorcyclists and I urge motorists to be mindful of the motorbikes on our roads at this time of year, as they aim to make the best use out of the last of the good weather. Please be aware of their vulnerability and take extra time to look out for them.”
Personal Injury compensation for non-fault motorbike accidents
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, or if you believe that another person was partly to blame, contact Beckett & Co Solicitors for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for personal injury compensation. We will act on a no win – no fee basis at no cost to you and you will keep 100% of your compensation. Free home and hospitals are also available anywhere in Lancashire