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Motorbike Accident Stats

Expand your knowledge of motorbike accident claims with these useful facts and statistics, from the average death rate to the most common injuries.

Statistics For Motorbike Accidents

Did you know that a motorcyclist is 45 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than a car driver? Or that 80% of accidents are caused by another road user’s negligence?

Here are some more interesting statistics to know about motorbike accidents:

  • On average there are about 600 bikers a year killed on our roads in the UK and 7000 serious injuries
  • As a motorcycle rider you are 40 times more likely to be killed than car drivers or passengers and you are more likely to be killed on a motorbike than any other means of transport
  • A bike rider is 45 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than a car driver
  • 80% of motorbike accidents are caused by someone else’s negligence
  • It’s not just other road users who cause problems for bikers – local authorities have a legal duty to maintain roads, but highway defects, debris, potholes, and diesel spillages can cause real problems
  • Head injuries are the main cause of death and serious injuries
  • The most common type of head injury is a closed head injury where upon impact there is a violent movement of the head which causes the brain to move around in the skull, causing damage upon impact together with stretching and squeezing the brain tissue and blood vessels
  • Other common types of head injuries to bike riders are from shearing forces which involve a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head (similar to whiplash injuries in a motor vehicle) – however it appears that the most common type of injury to bike riders is to the lower limbs
  • In a study in the USA, the most common diagnoses of all motorcycle related emergency department visits were:
    • fractures (27%)
    • contusions (16.3%)
    • sprains and strains (13.7%)
    • open wounds (12.1%)
    • superficial injuries (10.7%)

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