The UK government has compiled a few startling statistics concerning the likelihood of a motorcyclist being involved in a road accident.
Among these is the fact that, on the basis of per billion miles travelled, a biker is no less than 75 times more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal crash.
The most recent figures available show that, in 2011, more than 360 bikers were killed, and more than 5,200 more seriously injured in collisions on the roads of Great Britain.]#
While many motorcyclists can steer their way out of trouble, the everyday hazards encountered by riders of pushbikes are even more at risk of suffering injuries as a result of a mishap on the roads.
The main difference between cycle riders and bikers is pretty obvious – the motorbike rider has far more protection available to them to help cushion them from the worst effects of a crash. Whereas a biker will be shielded to some degree by the structure of their bike itself, a cyclist has no such protection – if they come off their bike, the first part of their body to hit the ground is likely to be relatively much less protected.
So the first thing which anyone should do if they are involved in an accident with a cyclist is to check how the rider is. Thankfully, these days there is a large and growing market for protective wear for cyclists, and it has become just as accepted that the rider of a non-powered bike wears a helmet as it is for a motorbike rider.
If the accident has not resulted in any serious injury, it is still likely to be necessary for both rider and bike to be moved off the road, in order not to disrupt the flow of traffic. Once this has been done – and once a rider has regained their composure – it is a good idea to exchange details of addresses and insurers, so that the wheels can be set in motion should it be necessary to make a cycle accident claim.
Many car drivers may not realise that cyclists are extremely conscientious and responsible, and so take out insurance to cover themselves against the risk of being hurt in a road accident. So far from being unregulated, cyclists have a strong sense of responsibility to other road users.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has compiled figures showing that a rapid rise took place in the number of motorbikes on the road in the last half of the 20th century and the first half of the current one.
So with an increasing number of road users finding themselves involved in an accident involving a motorbike or pushbike, it is important that drivers are educated to adopt the same procedure in the aftermath of such an incident, and to take the same responsible steps as they would when they are involved in a crash with another car, van or truck.
A road accident is distressing for all parties involved. So the more people can learn about what they are required to do in the event of them being involved in one, the more likely they are to be able to provide the help needed, for other involved, the authorities, and insurers.