02/05/2018 0 Comments
The Irish Times Annual Crash Report & Bike Accident Claims
The Irish Times published its annual Crash Report last week. This yearly report illuminated some startling statistics. These statistics should be of particular interest to motorcyclists and cyclists.
The annual Irish Times Crash report gathers data on road traffic collisions from the Road Safety Authority, the National Roads Authority and the Garda.
We highly recommend you read the full report but below we concentrate on what the report means for motorcyclists and cyclists on Irish roads.
One of the more shocking aspects of the report is the data that pointed to motorcyclists being among the most vulnerable of road users. The number of motorcyclist deaths has thankfully continued to fall in recent years. However, the risk of death in a traffic crash, per kilometre travelled, is a whopping 27 times higher for a motorcyclist when compared to a car occupant.
This is to say nothing about the number of accidents involving a motorcyclist that result in serious injury.
Another part of the report that is cause for concern is the sharp increase in deaths among cyclists. Deaths due to road traffic accidents involving cyclists continue to increase year after year. Injuries to cyclists in road traffic collisions have also more than doubled since 2012.
The depth of the data also uncovered that statistically speaking the most dangerous place for cyclists was at a T-Junctions. Collisions due to the motorists making a reckless 180-degree turn, was a significant factor in a number of traffic accidents involving cyclists.
Bike Accident Claims
This report proves that other road users pose a serious risk to motorcyclists and cyclists. In the event of an accident, it’s important that you seek our specialist legal advice. An injury after a collision could place a serious financial strain on the injured. This financial strain can be compounded by medical bills and the injured having to take significant time off work to recuperate.
The Irish Times report tells us that road traffic accidents involving motorcyclists and cyclists is an unfortunate reality. If you have been injured due to a road traffic collision, we recommend that you get in contact with us immediately.