Biker personal injury claims up 57%

Pillion passengers to blame. Aren't they always?

PERSONAL INJURY claims are up 57% since 2005, according to insurer Aviva.

The insurer has also seen motorcycle claims costs increase by 51% in the same period, with the insurer’s statistics indicating that this is a consequence of more riders carrying pillion passengers.

Motorcycle accidents remain a major concern for road safety groups. Motorcyclists account for 34% of fatalities on our nation’s roads while only accounting for 1% of the overall traffic.

Nigel Bartram, Aviva motoring expert, said: "These are certainly sobering statistics. We believe that the upturn in bike claims, particularly bodily injury claims, is a consequence of more riders opting to carry pillion passengers."

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