There are approximately 34 million vehicles happily driving around UK roads and while most journeys are generally incident free, there are some which end in accident.
The number of road accidents each year is around 200,000 and there are so many reasons why these accidents occur every year. Human reaction time can be a high factor in many accidents and tiredness, drugs or drink driving can all lead to collisions. Sometimes you can be involved in an accident through no fault of your own and this can be particularly distressing – although personal injury solicitors could help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Which vehicle is safest?
Considering the structure of a car and a motorcycle, it is often presumed that a motorcycle may be less safe on the roads, but is this really the case?
In 2011, the road accident statistics indicated that of all the accidents that occurred on the UK roads that year, 46% (883 people) of fatalities on the roads were those in cars, whereas 19% (362 people) of the fatalities were on motorcycles. This may lead you to the conclusion that perhaps motorcycles are actually safer than cars, but this is just one way to look at the available statistics.
The total number of casualties on the roads in 2011 equate to 124,924 for cars and 20,150 for motorcycles. However, it is worth remembering that motorcyclists account for a much smaller proportion of the total traffic. In fact, while they account for just 1% of road traffic, motorcyclists are involved in as much as 20% of road deaths. Those on motorcycles are statistically 40 times more likely to be killed in an accident, compared to those in a car.
Stay safe on the roads
Ultimately, no matter what vehicle you are travelling in, accidents can happen at any time. Motorcycles can be involved in accidents due to many reasons and due to their small size, they are often missed by other vehicles until it is too late to react. While they may be considered more dangerous, it could be argued that other drivers should be more vigilant when it comes to looking for motorcycles on the road.
It is not always the fault of drivers though; sometimes the road could be slippery or a pedestrian may walk out without looking. This can cause more problems for motorcycles than for other vehicles, due to the structure of the vehicle itself.
So the next time you set out on the road, whether in a car or a motorcycle, be aware of other drivers and potential hazards. Target your driving to the situation at hand and make sure you follow basic safety procedures at all times to protect yourself, your passengers and those around you.