Analysis lifts the lid on motorcycle collision stats

12.00 | 16 May 2017 | | 6 comments

New analysis of Government data has shown that motorcyclists aged 25 years are most at risk of being involved in a collision.

Conducted by Swinton Insurance in partnership with IAM RoadSmart, the analysis of 2015 statistics also reveal that male bikers were involved in 93% of collisions.

The analysis shows bikers are most likely to have a collision in daylight, travelling in a 30mph zone with dry road conditions.

In terms of road type, A-Roads were found to be the most dangerous, with 79% of collisions occurring there compared to just 21% on other routes. More collisions also occurred in urban areas.

44% of collisions happened on bikes with an engine size of 50-125cc, whereas 9% involved a bike with an engine size of 50cc.

The analysis also names the 10 roads across Britain which are the most dangerous for motorcyclists, with the A23 in Lambeth, London topping the list. In total, 118 accidents involving motorcycles happened on these 10 roads during 2015.

The new partnership between Swinton and IAM RoadSmart is designed to help raise awareness the importance of motorcycle safety.

IAM RoadSmart is providing practical advice on issues including filtering, biking in seasonal weather conditions and vulnerable road users.

Swinton Insurance has teamed up with a panel of experienced motorcyclists who have provided commentary for biking on some of the UKs’ most dangerous roads. The bikers’ commentary also highlights key ‘watch outs’ when biking on the most dangerous regional roads.  

Rodney Kumar, IAM RoadSmart said: “We often find that while drivers and motorcyclists strive to be as safe as possible, some find it a challenge to understand exactly how to do so. And as time passes after our driving tests, some of the simple tips we learnt to help stay safe can fade into the background.

“That’s why it’s so important to offer useful and easily digestible information on how to be a safer driver. We are excited to partner with Swinton to help spread the word about national motorcycle safety.”

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    Perhaps more emphasis should be put on looking at the cause of the motorcycle collisions and just what percentage of theses collisions were the fault of the motorcyclist, instead of churning out meaningless figures/stats parrot fashion.

    Not enough education for four wheeled vehicle users as to what Give Way markings are for & what they mean. Also, there are NO dangerous roads, just dangerous road users, drivers and motorcyclists alike. All down to driver/rider attitude.

    Kevin in Bedford
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    These stats once again confirm and tell us nothing more than we already knew. Most incidents happen in daylights hours. Most incidents are on urban road etc. Most at risk are the newbies on machines up to 125cc. Nothing new there to pin one’s hat on and specifically say what the cause of accidents is. Maybe it’s because we give one or at most two part days over to training requirements by law for bikers in the CBT whereas driver training may take between 30 and 60 hours of one to one tuition. Just a thought.

    m.worthington Manchester
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    Richard – I’ve spoken to Swinton and you are correct, the data relates to 2015 but was published in Sept 2016. They have apologised for the error and I’ve amended the article above to reflect this. Thanks for pointing this out.

    Nick Rawlings, editor, Road Safety News
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    There’s an interesting idea on the IAM website linked to this, where each of the ‘most dangerous roads’ is looked at and some riding advice given. It’s too general to be of any great use, but the principle is good and it made me wonder if local authorities could do the same thing i.e. identify a particular road or route in their area and with an on-board video, ride or drive the route and highlight the hazards the bends the junctions etc. possibly with reference to known collisions.

    Cheshire West Council did this a few years ago re- the A540 with an ADI and some local meetings in the vicinity. The one I went to was useful and stimulating, but getting the ‘target audience’ interested enough to attend is always going to be the problem. Good idea though.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    Given that the 2016 statistics aren’t out yet I think there must have been an error in the press release.

    Also I wouldn’t really class it as analysis as the figures are already published in RRCGB.

    Oh and as a final point – I wonder if the maps are based on counts, collision density, or rate per motorbike journey?

    Richard Owen
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    We cannot possibly draw any meaningful conclusions from the data presented in this report without being told the proportion of motorcycling activity that is represented by each category for which the crash percentages are given.

    If we added that blind motorcyclists were involved in 0% of crashes, would that mean that blind motorcyclists were less likely to be involved in a crash than sighted motorcyclists?

    Charles, England
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