Bikers urged to take it easy as figures show rise in serious accidents
A new campaign has been launched on the back of figures which show that almost 2,500 motorcyclists have been killed or injured in the north east of England over the past five years.
Published by Road Safety GB North East, the figures show that between 2011 and 2015, 52 bikers were killed and 771 seriously injured. They also reveal that in 2015 there was a 13% rise in ‘the most serious accidents’, with 15 people killed.
Stats also show that motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be killed in a road collision than car drivers.
The figures were released as Road Safety GB NE launched its ‘Look out for each other’ campaign, urging motorcyclists to slow down and anticipate the mistakes of other road users.
The campaign features the story of Paul and Kathleen Grieves' (video below), highlighting their experiences following a serious bike accident.
It was launched ahead of the Easter weekend when traditionally more riders take to the roads in the north east and across the rest of the UK. Road Safety GB NE has also published a video showing a cross route guide of the A689 Wolsingham to Killhope (top).
Paul Watson, Road Safety GB NE chairman, said: “It’s the time of year when bikers like to get their machines out and tour around the region, so understandably we tend to see a sharp rise in accidents involving motorcyclists between March and October.
“Failure to look properly is a factor in almost half of the accidents involving bikes and quite often riders simply lose control of their vehicles.
“We are not here to tell people not to ride motorbikes – we appreciate it’s a much-loved pastime for a lot of people. However, we do want people to take it easy and to make sure they have the skills and experience required for riding the larger bikes.”