June 25 2015.

There were 1,775 reported road deaths in 2014, an increase of 4% compared with 2013. The 1,775 road deaths in 2014 is the third lowest annual total on record after 2012 and 2013. There were 45 per cent fewer fatalities in 2014 than a decade earlier in 2005.

There were a total of 339 motorcycle users killed in reported road accidents during 2014. Although this is a 2.4 per cent increase from 2013, it is only 8 more deaths and this change is very unlikely to be statistically significant. The number of motorcyclist deaths fell every year from almost 600 in 2006 to 328 in 2012. Although there has now been two consecutive annual rises it is not yet clear whether the number of fatalities has stabilised around the 335 figure, or whether this is the start of a new upward trend.

In contrast with fatalities, there has been a clear step increase in the number of motorcycle users who were seriously injured. There were 5,289 seriously injured casualties in 2014, an increase of....

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