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What are the main reasons of motorcycle accidents - DirectAsia
Every motorcycle accident is one accident too many. We all know that motorcyclists get the worst deal in any accident. Sometimes a long duration of no-incident riding can make us forget that we are by far one of the most at-risk commuters. Let’s take a good hard look at the facts on motorcycle accidents to keep our senses alert on the road. Here are some of the most recent statistics from Singapore Traffic Police to show what you are up against. Motorcyclists make up the smallest group of vehicles on the road. There is one motorcycle for every six vehicles in Singapore. In 2015, 4,875 motorcyclists and their pillion riders were injured in an accident. That is a five per cent rise from the year before. Unfortunately, 40 per cent of these accidents happened through the fault of the rider. It is disheartening to know that they also make up almost half of all deaths in a traffic accident last year, especially when riders make up only 17 per cent of vehicles on the road. The top three reasons for accidents involving motorcyclists, as cited by the Singapore Traffic Police, were:
- failure to keep a lookout
- failure to keep proper control of motorbike
- not giving way to traffic with the right of way.