Motorbike fatalities in 9% jump
The Department for Transport has released data for reported road casualties in the UK in 2017 which reveals a sharp increase in fatalities for motorcyclists.
Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2017 annual report reviewed all personal injuries in road traffic accidents. It tracked the number of people injured or killed in accidents as well as what sort of road user they were.
There were 349 motorcyclist fatalities last year, a nine per cent increase since 2016. In total, motorcycle users of all kinds accounted for 19 per cent of all road deaths in 2017 – a disproportionately high figure considering that motorcyclists were just 4% of all road users in the same year.
There were 18,042 casualties in total concerning motorbike users, which was a seven per cent drop since 2016. A large majority were male, accounting for 91 per cent of the total, while 30 per cent were aged between 17 and 24. Nearly half of all casualties occurred in accidents in just London and the South East.
However, one positive note in the report is the fact that there has been a 41 per cent reduction in motorcyclist fatalities overall since 2007. While there was an increase last year, the longer-term trend over the past 10 years is for an improvement in safety.
Finally, motorcycle traffic maintained its usual level, remaining constant at 2.8 billion vehicle miles completed in 2017.
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