Motorcycle Accident Statistics for Great Britain in 2017

The Motorcycle Accident Statistics for Great Britain in 2017 have been released

Motorcyclists remain the most vulnerable road users in that they are more likely to be involved in an accident than any other category of road user, and for that accident to be serious.

Motorcyclists have a casualty rate of 6,043 casualties per billion miles travelled, compared to 238 for the occupants of a car, and 62 for the occupants of a van.  Bicycle riders were the next most vulnerable at 5,604 casualties per billion miles travelled, followed by pedestrians at 1,801 casualties per billion miles.

Motorcyclists also topped the fatality rates per miles travelled, at 116.9 fatalities per billion miles, compared to 35.6 for pedestrians, 30.9 for bicycle riders (so bicycle riders are the next most likely road users after motorcyclists to be involved in an accident, but those accidents are generally less serious) and 1.9 for the occupants of cars.

Motorcyclists accounted for 19% of all reported road deaths on the road, with 347 motorcyclists killed over the course of the year.  This represents a 9% increase from 2016 despite overall motorcycle traffic decreasing by 2% over the period; however, motorcycle casualties have remained relatively constant over the past 7 years and have fluctuated between 319 and 365 with no clear trend.

47% of all accidents involving a motorcycle occurred in London or the South East and the largest number of casualties (30%) occurred with riders aged 17-24.  91% of the 18,042 injured motorcyclists were men.