Motorcycle road deaths rise in 2014

Ambulance on the road

The number of motorbike riders killed or seriously injured (KSI) on UK roads grew by six per cent in 2014.

According to figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT), 5,490 riders were KSI casualties in 2014, for the year ending September.

In total, there were 20,040 motorbike casualties for the year, an increase of nine per cent over the previous 12 months.

Of that total, 14,550 were slightly injured, signifying an increase by 10 per cent in this type of injury.

The number of people killed on the road in the UK also grew by one per cent in 2014.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), 24,360 people were killed or seriously injured in the year ending September 2014, a four per cent increase compared to 2013.

More shocking is a three per cent rise in child casualties over the same 12 months.

And the bad news doesn’t stop there, with the number of casualties of all severities growing by five per cent on the previous year with 192,910 reported in total.

Similarly, deaths on motorways and A-roads have also grown by three per cent.

Road safety cuts queried

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), cuts to road safety and policing are the reasons for this worrying rise in casualties and deaths on UK roads.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “It is disappointing that after many years of solid falls in the numbers of people killed and injured on our roads, the Government has taken its eye off the ball.

“These figures reflect our view that cuts in visible policing and road safety spending has had an impact, with a third successive quarter of increases. We have had pretty much two decades of falls in the KSI (killed/seriously injured) figures, and while these new figures can in no way be regarded as a trend, they are a big concern.”

Despite the negative look of the latest stats from the DfT, motorcycle casualty figures actually dropped by one per cent between July and September 2014.

The DfT has so far been unable to come up with overall trends and reasons for the increase however it has pointed to an increase in road users and an unprecedented level of road casualties from Quarter 1 in 2013, skewing figures.

The Bike Insurer recently attended a rider safety course called Biker Down. The course trains riders on what to do if they come across a road accident involving riders. Follow the link to learn more.

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