Colder, Wetter Weather Leads To Lower Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
Recently published statistics reveal the number of motorcycle and bicycle accidents has dropped since last year – something that can, oddly enough, be attributed to the great British weather.
The Quarterly Provisional Estimates record how many road accidents occur in the four quarters of the year. This allows experts to analyse year-on-year trends, helping us to understand what effect the weather has on the safety of our roads.
The most recent data makes for interesting reading, as it shows the amount of motorcycle and bicycle accidents in the first quarter of 2013 (January to March) has decreased significantly from the same period in 2012. In fact, the number of pedal cycle casualties has fallen by 23% since 2012, while the number of motorcyclist casualties has dropped by 27%.
And what is the reason for this reduction in the number of accidents? Well, you may remember that thanks to Arctic winds, the first three months of 2013 were much colder than 2012. This drop in temperature directly correlates to a drop in accidents, as people left their bicycles and motorbikes at home, wanting to avoid the biting winds.
This is of course excellent news as fewer people have been wrongfully harmed by negligent road users and treacherous road conditions. Consequently not as many cyclists and motorcyclist have needed to claim compensation for their injuries, which are often catastrophic.
However, in the good weather we have been enjoying of late, many have returned to their two wheeled mode of transport. Therefore we urge you to take care this summer – just because there were not as many accidents at the beginning of the year, does not mean the roads are necessarily safer.
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