Motorcycle deaths and injuries fall in Wales

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The number of motorcycle-related deaths and injuries in Wales fell for the first time in five years during 2015, statistics released by the Welsh Government show.

In 2015 there were a total of 693 motorcycle casualties, compared to 749 in 2014. Of the 693 casualties 273 were killed or seriously injured, with the remaining 420 riders slightly injured. 25 motorcyclists died in Wales during 2015 as a result of accidents.


Lucy Amos, spokesperson for road safety charity Brake told the BBC: “In Wales motorcycles make up 0.2% of traffic on the road but account for 41% of deaths and serious injuries. Motorcyclists, along with cyclists and pedestrians, are among the most vulnerable road users. That’s why it’s so crucial drivers remain vigilant at all times, and do everything they can to look out for and protect people around them, whether they’re on motorbikes, bicycles or on foot.”

When compared to 2014, casualties killed decreased by 11%, seriously injured by 2% and slightly injured by 10% in 2015.

When compared to the 2004-08 average, there were decreases in the casualties killed (24%) and slightly injured (16%) and an increase in the casualties seriously injured (11%).

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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer