Motorbike Accidents – The Sobering Statistics
Did you know that motorcyclists account for 21% of fatalities in UK road accidents – despite making up just 1% of total road traffic? This is just one of the chilling motorbike accident statistics released every year by the Department of Transport.
Other key figures include:
– 1,659 motorcyclists are injured for every billion miles travelled. That compares to 880 for cyclists, 514 for pedestrians and 27 for car drivers.
– A motorbike is 61 times more likely than a car to be involved in a fatal incident.
– In 2011, around 20,000 motorcyclists were injured in road accidents – 8% more than in 2010. Of these, 5,000 were seriously hurt.
– 7,004 motorbike riders and pillions died in road accidents between 1999 and 2010.
Despite the risks, motorcycling is still a popular form of transport, perhaps because of the unique sense of freedom that it offers. And government-led awareness campaigns such as ‘Think Bike!’ have helped reduce the number of fatalities by 10% between 2010 and 2011, making the UK’s roads a safer place for bikers.
Unfortunately, the number of casualties is still rising and if you ride a motorcycle, you’re vulnerable to injuries that can be extremely serious. These range from bruising and tissue damage to broken bones and fractures, internal injuries, brain damage and even permanent disability. Recovery can be long, slow and painful and in some cases, life may never be the same again.
However, if your injury was sustained in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation for the physical pain and mental trauma you’ve suffered. The money will help ease the financial pressure of taking time off work, or having to leave it altogether. You’ll be able to pay for medical treatment and therapy to aid your rehabilitation, and access the support and services you need to improve your quality of life.
Make your motorbike accident claim today
Injury Lawyers 4U are ready and waiting to help with your claim. We’re a network of experienced personal injury lawyers who’ve handled dozens of successful motorbike accident claims in the past. We’re here to advise you on your claim and guide you through the process from start to finish.
As ‘no win, no fee’ solicitors, there’s nothing to lose by asking our advice. Call us any time, 24/7, on 0845 345 444 to discuss your claim.