According to DfT figures, there were 493 motorcycle user fatalities in accidents reported to the police in 2008, 16 per cent lower than during 2007. The reported number of killed or seriously injured fell compared to 2007 (down 10 percent from 6,737 in 2007 to 6,049 in 2008). The all motorcycle user casualties figure for 2008 of 21,550 is 8 per cent lower than in 2007.
So the good news is that the 2009 figures continue the downward trend with a 4% drop reported overall.
There were 472 motorcyclist deaths in 2009. The number of riders seriously injured also fell 4% to 5,350; whilst the total reported motorcycle user casualties for 2009 was 20,703 – another 4% down on 2008.
This is despite motorcycle traffic rising by 2% over the same period.
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) said police Bikesafe schemes, intelligent enforcement, engineering improvement standards, and commitment from trainers to improve standards has contributed to a safer motorcycling environment.
MCIA CEO Steve Kenwood said:
“Although there is still a strong concern about the number of motorcycle casualties, the fact remains that year after year motorcycling continues to get safer in terms of the likelihood of having an accident.
“The report of the fall in motorcycle fatalities during 2009 is welcome, but we cannot be complacent about this – there are still far too many people dying in accidents – and we still have much work to do.
“The MCIA and the rest of the motorcycling community will continue to work hard to improve safety and ensure that they get full government support for a more rounded approach to road user safety.”