More than 450 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on roads in last five years
MORE than 450 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on roads in Northern Ireland in the last five years.
Statistics released yesterday reveal that between 2015 to 2019 motorcyclist fatalities and injuries accounted for 11 per cent of those on the roads.
Men made up the vast majority of casualties with 439 killed or seriously hurt, compared to 19 women.
The Department for Infrastructure figures also show the highest number of motorcyclist deaths were among riders aged 35 to 49, accounting for 130 deaths or persons injured.
Those in the age group 50 to 64 were also heavily affected, with 117 deaths or seriously injured.
But the researchers found there has been a shift in age profile over time with riders aged 50 and over making up almost a third of motorcyclist killed or seriously injured (KSIs) between 2015 and 2019 in comparison with just nine per cent being from this age range from 2004 to 2008.
Younger motorcyclist KSIs made up less than a fifth of the total between 2015 and 2019, while 16 to 24- year-old riders accounted for over a third (35 per cent) between 2004 and 2008.
The number of casualties has fallen by around 44 per cent since 2002 - the start of the period assessed. The annual average number of motorcyclist KSI casualties in 2015-2019 is 40 per cent less than the 2004-2008 baseline average.
There has also been a decline in motorcycle licences, which have fallen by a quarter since 2004 to 2008.
Saturday and Sunday were the worst day on the roads for casualties with the weekend accounting for almost two fifths of those killed or seriously injured.
The worst combined day and hour for riders killed and seriously injured was between 12pm and 1pm on a Sunday when there were 13 recorded.
The report also found that the most common principal causation factors for motorcycle KSI casualties between 2015 and 2019 were 'inattention or attention diverted' (12 per cent), 'turning right without care' (12 per cent) and 'overtaking on offside without care' (10 per cent).
It also found that 70 per cent of motorcycle fatalities were on rural roads and 47 per cent on urban roads with Causeway Coast and Glens district council area witnessing the highest rate of casualties.