FACT: motorcyclists represent only 1% of road traffic. But they account for over 20% of all road deaths and serious injuries.
Think motorcyclist when you’re driving
Motorcyclist and cyclists both require extra care when you are driving. They are the most vulnerable road users.
- Take more time to look for bikes. When you are approaching or pulling out of a junction, look out for motorcyclists as they are much harder to see and this makes them very vulnerable.
- Keep at a safe distance. Don’t follow a bike too closely as it can put unnecessary pressure on an inexperienced motorcyclist.
- Remember your blind spot. A motorcyclist may be moving into a lane you want to occupy faster than you think, or you might not have seen them. Always think “blind spot”.
- When turning, check for bikes. Large vehicles or parked cars can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.
- Motorcyclists might pass you on either side. When you are turning left or right, double check for motorcyclists.
- After parking, when opening car doors – always check for motorcyclists.
- When pulling away, remember to look and look again. Motorcyclists are much harder to see.
- Motorcyclists are 75 (seventy five) times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in serious or fatal crashes than car drivers.
- Young riders aged 16 to 19 years on mopeds and small engine motorcycles are in the highest risk.
- About 8 out of 9 deaths for users of small motorcycles and mopeds occur on built up roads with a speed limit of 40 mph or less.
- Motorcyclist injuries and deaths are mainly male.
Accidents involving motorcycles – the stats
As published by ROSPA (the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents):
- Collision at junctions.
- Collision while overtaking.
- Rider losing control without another vehicle being involved.
- Failure to negotiate bends.