Motorcycle accident statistics
Recently released statistics in 2019 show that motorcycle crashes and accidents have reduced by 5 %. Although this is excellent news for bikers everywhere, it is still important to remember that bikers still remain the most vulnerable road users in the UK.
The safety of bikers everywhere is paramount to SorryMate
Since 2016, the number of accidents involving bikers has reduced by 5%. When taking into consideration the number of motorcyclists on the road it’s clear that this is a significant decrease in accidents.
However, despite this decrease, it is essential to note that one in three accidents are either severe or fatal. It has become clear that both bikers and other road users must take more caution when making a journey.
Who is most likely to be involved in a motorcycle accident?
- 92% of crash victims are male
- 37% of bikers were aged 25 and under
- Sunday is the day when most fatal crashes occur
- 83% of accidents took place in excellent weather conditions
- 58% of all accidents claims occur on 50-125cc motorcycles
- The most dangerous place to ride a motorcycle
Nine of the ten most dangerous roads in the UK are located in London.
So, if you are lucky enough to live outside the capital, you are already in the lower percentage of bikers most likely to have a crash.
However, the UK has plenty of other roads that are also known to catch out even the most experienced riders.
The most dangerous roads for bikers are
- Scotland A82
- North West A57
- North East A194
- West Midlands A4040
- Yorkshire Humber A62
- South East A259
Looking at current motorcycle statistics, it is apparent that most accidents occur on A-roads.
But why? The obvious answer would be to say that it is due to the higher speed limits and denser traffic. But, are bikers and car drivers given sufficient training to be able to deal with roads like this? Are the streets adequately maintained? Or is there other reasons to be considered?
Something has to be done to combat the fatality rate, whether it be more training for road users or efficient maintenance of the road surfaces. With the British summertime (a week of sunshine) ahead of us, we hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the weather and most importantly, stay safe!
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact SorryMate for free legal advice. SorryMate is a dedicated firm who focus on getting bikers the compensation they deserve.
Do I have to use the solicitor chosen for me by my insurers? This is a question which crops time and time up again when we visit motorcycle shows.
The one-word answer is no. It is your basic right to choose who represents you. After a motorcycle crash, people are usually given a solicitor by their insurance company or by a legal expenses company (legal expenses is the extra £10 on your policy). Your insurers will have a panel of firms who they use. These firms generally pay a lot of money for the work and have conditions attached regarding how files are run and who they report to.
What if I don’t like the solicitor my insurance has selected?
All solicitors are bound by a lot of Laws and Regulations which exist to protect clients. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the style of service you desire is provided by them. If that is the case, then you can simply pick your own solicitor. It is literally that simple. SorryMate deals with both new cases and transfers. Even if your solicitor has started on your cases, it’s still possible for you to switch to us.
How do I know if my solicitor is biker friendly
Not all solicitors understand what it means to be a biker. However, SorryMate is linked with solicitors across the country who are into bikes. We know all about the issues that are specific to bike claims because we are bikers. If you want to find a biker friendly solicitor, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
My insurance has threatened to not cover my legal costs
Your insurers or legal expenses insurers may threaten not to cover legal costs if you do not use their lawyers. This is not a problem and any competent solicitor can sort insurance out for you. Your basic right is not limited in any way. Just because you have had a motorcycle crash, does not mean your solicitor can decide who represents you.
If you have any other questions in relation to your Bike accident and you want free legal advice, don’t hesitate to contact SorryMate.