North Yorkshire statistics

1. What roads do most motorcycle collisions occur on in North Yorkshire?

The majority of motorcycle collisions occur on A roads. On average, 44 percent of collisions occurred on A roads, 30 percent on B roads, 16 percent on C roads, 9 percent on unclassified roads and 1 percent on A(M) roads.

2. How many motorcyclists were involved in serious crashes on North Yorkshire roads last year?

Every year approximately 100 people are killed or seriously injured in incidents that involved motorcycles of 125cc on North Yorkshire roads.  Over the 10 years from 2004 to 2014, 143 motorcyclists died and 1077 were seriously injured on North Yorkshire roads.

3. What is the age of most people who are killed on North Yorkshire roads?

Last year nearly 60% of motorcyclists killed in North Yorkshire were aged between 40 and 49 years.

4. When do most motorcycle crashes occur in North Yorkshire?

Most motorcycle crashes occur between the months of April and October. Last year most crashes (77 percent) occurred between the hours of 11am and 7pm.

5. Where do the majority of motorcyclists involved in crashes in North Yorkshire live?

On average approximately 40 percent of motorcycle collisions involved bikers who live in North Yorkshire and 25 percent in West Yorkshire.

6. What day of the week do most North Yorkshire motorcycle collisions occur on?

The majority of motorcycle collisions occur on a Sunday (approximately 35 percent) followed by a Saturday (approximately 20 percent).

7. Are the majority of motorcycle collisions in North Yorkshire due to rider error or the fault of another motorist?

Approximately 70 percent of motorcycle collisions in North Yorkshire are due to rider error. This means the rider made a mistake which led to a crash, usually without another road user being involved.

8. Do most North Yorkshire motorcycle collisions occur at junctions?

No, the majority of motorcycle collisions occur while the rider is approaching or on a bend.  This is followed by when the rider is braking or going straight ahead, such as overtaking. Often there is no other vehicle involved.

9. What are the key factors of collisions in North Yorkshire involving motorcycles?

The primary factor is loss of control closely followed by failure to look properly and failure to judge another person’s path or speed. These are followed by poor turns or manoeuvres and the rider being careless, reckless or in a hurry.

10. Are the riders involved in collisions new to biking and lack riding experience?

No. In the last ten years riders who have died or been seriously injured were a mix of experienced riders and those returning to riding after a break, not just novices. Collision investigations suggest that many experienced riders are making costly mistakes related to poor decision making and inappropriate manoeuvres.