21st November 2013
Nearly 9,000 motorcyclists were admitted to UK hospitals last year according to statistics by the Health & Social Care Information Centre.
Over 3,600 of accidents were due to transport accidents that did not involve a collision with another vehicle. 2,871 were caused by collisions with other vehicles, up by nearly 1,900 since 2006.
Mark Jaffe, manager and British Motorcyclists Federation advanced assessor at Phoenix Training Centre in Croydon said “This is due to the increase of motorcyclists on the road in 2012, that being said, motorcyclists are still at fault, you’re only responsible for yourself.”
Over the last decade, there have been over 9,500 admissions of victims aged 15 to 59. Accidents occur more frequently in London than any other city in the UK and accounts for 5157 accidents a year.
Road safety has been a recent debate in the media with a surge in the deaths of cyclists although Mayor Boris Johnson insists that there has been an improvement in cycling safety. Road negligence is a problem that affects adolescents between the ages of 15-19 and young adults aged 20-24 the most.
Mr Jaffe explained “Between those age groups, you haven’t completed development and your brain hasn’t developed the fear factor, you tend to take greater risks and still have a lot of learning to do in terms of risk analysis. As we’ve started to ride faster vehicles, this is more relevant now than it’s ever been.” M’J, a specialist injuries lawyer at F’S recounts a case on the law firm’s website, “My client, a young chef in his 20s, was making his way home when another motorist, who was later imprisoned for drink driving and other offences, tried to overtake a vehicle whilst travelling in the opposite direction to my client. He crossed lanes onto the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic and collided head on with the motorbike.”
The severity of the victim’s injuries meant he had to undergo amputations above his knee and below his elbow.
After a six month period of grafting operations, he began a rehabilitation programme but still suffers from the effects of the accident today with problems sleeping and reoccurring nightmares.
The BMF advanced instructor argued “training regulation needs to be reinforced so that full, standardised training is given across the training industry, especially within younger age groups, that’s the best way to reduce the number of accidents.”