Motorcyclists

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.
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