Thursday 5th April is the most dangerous day to ride a motorbike this spring, according to annual claims data¹ from Bennetts, the UK’s No.1 Bike Insurance Specialist. With 28,333² accidents involving motorcycle riders occurring in the UK every year, the latest findings come on the back of the insurance provider’s current Government petition, campaigning to ensure compulsory bike-related questions are included in the driving test to help raise awareness of bikers on the road – www.bikerpetition.co.uk.
To date, prospective drivers can currently pass the driving test without answering a single question relating to motorbikes and bikers, who despite accounting for just 1% of road traffic, fall victim to over 20% of all fatalities³ on the roads.
Other findings from Bennetts annual claims data includes:
- London proved to be the most dangerous area, with almost a quarter (22%) of all biking accidents occurring in the capital, with the biggest accident hotspots found on major roundabouts in Elephant & Castle (North) and Westway’s elevated inter-section in White City. Following London was Leicester (12%), Norwich (11%), Portsmouth (11%) and Bristol (9%)
- Thursday is the most dangerous day to ride a motorbike, whilst the weekend is the safest time to ride
- Bikers named David are the most vulnerable on the road, accounting for 15% of total claims, followed by those called Paul (14%) and Andrew (11%)
- Motorcyclists in their 40s are most susceptible to accidents, with over seven out of ten claims (71%)involving people aged between 41 and 48 years
Hannah Squirrell, Director of Marketing at Bennetts said, “With an average of 78 accidents involving motorcycles occurring in the UK every single day¹, our latest findings aim to make all road-users more aware of the presence and vulnerability of bikers on Britain’s roads. Currently, would-be motorists are able to take their driving test without seeing a single question relating to motorcyclists, and so we’ve registered a petition to challenge this and hopefully help improve road safety for all. As the casualty rate of motorcyclists is currently a staggering 61 times greater than that of motorists,something must be done to increase awareness of bikers.”
With over 33,000 signatures to date, the e-petition has already been backed by three of the most influential motorcycling organisations bodies; MCIA, MAG and the BMF, as well as celebrity bikers Suzi Perry, Matthew Pinsent, Iwan Thomas and Ray Quinn. Former Double World Superbike champion James Toseland, MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow and Moto2’s Scott Redding are also helping encourage signatures in a bid to reach 100,000 signatures which will then allow the petition to be raised in the House of Commons.
Adding industry support to the petition, Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training for the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) said, “This is a very simple and sensible change that will make a difference. Many road casualties could be avoided if drivers were more aware of motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users. The addition of just one mandatory question in the Drivers Theory Test specifically about motorcycles will force drivers to ‘think bike’ from a very early stage, encouraging good driving habits, which can only be a good thing for both drivers and riders.”
To find out more information about the Bennetts e-petition and sign up, visit www.bikerpetition.co.uk
1According to Bennetts 2011 claims data
² tDepartment for Transport data (2000 – 2010)
³ Source: http://www.bikelawyer.co.uk/bike-accident-statistics
Based on MCIA collision data in Greater London (from 2008 – 2010)