Danger For Motorcyclists On The RoadsTue, 16/03/2010
Motorcyclists face many threats on the roads, one of the biggest hazards that they face is from car drivers who fail to see bikes coming towards them.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) explained that the problem is most severe at junctions, where many collisions between bikes and cars occur.
Motorcycling is an increasingly popular form of transport. However, motorcyclists are also one of the most vulnerable road users. Despite forming only 1% of road traffic, motorcyclists account for 20% of road deaths and serious injuries.
The two age groups with the highest risk are younger riders, aged 16 to 19 years, on mopeds and small engine motorcycles, and riders aged 20 to 49 years, on larger bikes.
It is a well-known fact that motorcycles can be a serious safety hazard on the road. Over the last few years, the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in a road traffic accident in the UK involving two-wheeled vehicles was 147 per 100 million vehicle kilometres.
The recent increase in road accidents seems to be connected to an increase in motorcycle ownership and use. In particular, there has been a big increase in the number of high-powered machines with an engine size of 500cc or above.
The lack of a protective barrier between the driver and the road ultimately leaves motorcyclists in a very vulnerable position. Of the accidents that do occur, approximately one out of every five is actually lucky enough to come out of the ordeal with just minor bumps, bruises and abrasions.