October 22 2010.

British roads continue to get safer year on year for all road users. The Motor Cycle Industry's analysis of the government's most recent statistics found that although traffic rose by 15% in the last year, the casualty rate for motorcyclists fell by 6%.

The motorcycle casualty rate has continued to fall since 1994 and the number of motorcycle fatalities has also dropped by 4% since 2008.

The statistics reveal that rider/driver errors are the main contributory factor to accidents (42% overall).

The three main causes of motorcycle accidents are; a loss of control - 16%, a failure to properly observe - 15% and a failure to judge the other person's path or speed - 12%. Slippery roads (7%) and inexperienced riders (9%) were also notable.

MCIA CEO, Steve Kenward, commented, " It is important that we continue to make progress and sustain the reduction in accidents and the casualty rate. Riders themselves can also take greater personal responsibility for their actions on the road and can get involved in different activities to improve their skills and experience."

Taking part in a BIkeSafe assessment is an excellent and affordable way to discover strengths and weaknesses on the road. These sessions include an on-road riding assessment with a qualified police bike instructor who will evaluate things such as cornering and braking, as well as your overall riding technique.

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