Key Facts:

  • Motorcycle users are the road user group with the highest rate of accidents and casualties per mile travelled. Compared to car occupants, motorcycle users in 2014 were:

    • Approximately 24 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident (per mile ridden).

    • Over 60 times more likely to be seriously injured in a reported road accident.

  • There were a total of 1,792 fatalities in road accidents in 2016. Of these, 319 (18 per cent) were motorcycle fatalities. This represents a decrease of 3 per cent in motorcycle fatalities from 2015 and is the lowest number of motorcycle user deaths recorded.

  • In 2016 men made up around 91 per cent of all motorcycle user casualties.

  • A significant number (28 per cent) of non-fatal motorcyclist casualties are younger riders (aged up to 25 years old) on smaller-engine motorcycles (up to 125 cc). However, the peak age of motorcyclist fatalities are older riders (aged between 31 and 55) on large motorcycles with engine sizes over 125 cc (accounting for 43 per cent of all fatalities).

  • Over two-thirds of motorcycle fatalities in 2016 occurred in rural areas, compared with under half for serious motorcycle casualties and a third for slight motorcycle casualties.

  • Of all the motorcycles involved in reported accidents in 2016, 66 per cent were at a junction.

(RRCGB, DfT, 2017)

  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:19 AM
  • Last Update: 11 Dec 2017, 05:16 PM