Fall in the number of Welsh motorcycle casualties for the first time since 2011

Andrew Wilkinson Industry News, Motorcycle Accident Claims

The number of casualties and fatalities suffered by motorcyclists in Wales has fallen after being on the rise from 2011 to 2014. A recently published Government report shows the number of casualties suffered by motorcyclists in Wales in 2015 to be 693[1]. This has fallen since the previously published report where the figures were recorded at 749[2], the highest recorded figure since 2007.

A spokesperson for the Road Safety Charity, Brake, told the BBC: “In Wales motorcycles make up 0.2% of traffic on the road but account for 41% of deaths and serious injuries. Motorcyclists, along with cyclists and pedestrians, are among the most vulnerable road users. That’s why it’s so crucial drivers remain vigilant at all times, and do everything they can to look out for and protect people around them, whether they’re on motorbikes, bicycles or on foot.”[3]

There’s good news for other parts of the United Kingdom too as reported casualties for motorcyclists in other regions have also decreased since the 2014 report. Both Scotland and Northern Ireland are showing the lowest number of casualties since the report began being annually reported in 1997. The number of casualties that motorcyclists suffer in England has also dropped since the 2014 report.

Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users, and when they are involved in road accidents the consequences can be devastating. Smith Jones have helped many motorcyclists that have been injured as a result of another road user’s negligence to claim compensation for the injuries they sustained and also any other losses as a result of the accident including earnings, damage caused to their bike and clothing and medical/ travel expenses. Our solicitors have over 28 years’ experience representing clients and as specialists in the field of personal injury, Smith Jones are fully equipped to be able to provide the highest level of expertise and commitment to motorcyclists that have been involved in a serious incident.

Motorcycle accidents can often be particularly tragic as they can see otherwise fit and active people suffering from devastating injuries. I have dealt with very many serious motorcycle claims in the 30 years or more I have been specialising in this area of work. Unfortunately, liability can often be disputed. However, at Smith Jones you will get the highest possible level of expertise and commitment on your side.

We were one of the first to sign up to a new industry wide code relating to dealing with rehabilitation in serious injury cases. We will try to get you back on your feet as soon as possible and if not, we aim to give you as much support and rehabilitation as you need.”
Peter Jones, Managing Partner/Director, APIL Fellow

If you or somebody close to you has been involved in a motorcycle accident then you can call 0800 195 95 90 and discuss your claim with a member of our expert team. We’ll do our best to understand your situation and help wherever possible.

 

[1] Department for Transport, Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2014, 165  (Table RAS30034, Published 24 September 2015) <https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/467465/rrcgb-2014.pdf

[2] Department for Transport, Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2014, 165  (Table RAS30034, Published 24 September 2015) <https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/467465/rrcgb-2014.pdf

[3] BBC News, ‘Motorcycle injuries and deaths fall after seven-year high’ (Published 9th April 2017) <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39515283

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