Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Facts & Figures

Essex is a great County for motorcycling and has a strong resident biking population. There is a tremendous amount to enjoy whilst biking on the roads of Essex. Unfortunately however, the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the roads of Essex is too high. Bikes account for just 1% of the traffic on Essex’s roads yet they are involved in 27% of KSI’s.

Motorcycles are the largest KSI group and entirely disproportionate to any other road user.

This section aims to provide some key facts and figures concerning motorcycle KSIs in Essex.

According to the DFT and Essex Police the KSI statistics for powered two wheelers in Essex for the last six years are as follows:-

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Killed 27 18 16 12 7 16 4 6
Seriously Injured 268 205 218 192 201 174 148 197
Total KSI 295 223 234 204 208 190 152 203

*Provisional 2014 figures, subject to confirmation.


It can be seen that motorcycle fatalities have reduced by 77% between 2007 and 2014, and serious injuries have fallen by 26.5%. These are significant reductions, which have also been achieved against the general backdrop of increasing motorcycle ownership.

However not with standing those statistics, the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads of Essex is still too high and they remain the highest road user risk group. Between 2013 and 2014 the total number of fatalities and serious injuries increased by 33.5%.

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service monitors a wealth of KSI statistical data to inform motorcycle safety activities. The data shows the following high risk groups:-

(i) Young, predominatly male riders between the age of 16 and 25, riding machines of 125cc and below.
(ii) Riders of larger motorcycles of 500cc and above, between the ages 25 and 35.
(iii) Riders of larger motorcycles above 500cc between the ages of 40 and 55 years.

Motorcycle KSI collisions occur most frequently on roads with 30mph, 40mph and 60mph limits, and in predominantly dry conditions.

In terms of the causes of motorcycle KSIs Police analysis shows that the motorcycle is at fault in nearly two-thirds of collisions.

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