The French government released the road fatality figures for 2013. And guess what? They have improved even more. During 2012, there were 3,653 road deaths; 2013 saw a significant drop to 3,268 deaths, a drop of 10.5%.
Of the 3,268 fatalities, 631 were motorcycle riders, representing 19% of all deaths (in 2012 there were 664 deaths, in 2010 there were 704 and 2010 there were 947 biker deaths). So a good reduction in motorcycle riders deaths, with a reduction of 5% between 2012 and 2013, and 33% between 2013 and 2010.
In 2012 there were 60,437 accidents with serious physical injuries; 2013 saw a significant drop to 56,812 injuries. Of these, 5,233 were bikers, representing 20% of all the injuries.
There are therefore nine times more injuries than fatalities in the motorcycle community.
The majority of fatal accidents can be found on the secondary roads (the country roads), with 2,077 deadly accidents. The motorways accumulated 261 deaths and in the cities there were 930 deaths.
26% of the fatal accidents were caused due to speed, 17% were DUIDriving Under Influence. Drinking and driving., 14% for not giving priority and 4% were drug related. 39% of the fatal accidents had not identifiable cause. These figures are for all vehicles, not just motorcycles. But for both cars and motorcycle, 1 out of 5 drivers/riders have too much alcohol.
4 out of 5 bikers who died on the French roads were riding a motorcycle with a displacement bigger than 125cc.
Click here to download the PDF file with all the government statistics (in French, of course).
Anyway, as Benjamin Disraeli said "Lies, damned lies, and statistics". The French government are of course saying that the reduction of fatalities are due to their safety programs (radars, fines, etc). And yes, I am sure there is a bit of that, but road fatalities have been reducing worldwide, whether there were repression programs in place or not. And one of the biggest factors that there are less road deaths is thanks to the manufacturers; ABS, crush zones, seat belts, electronics, helmets, jackets, etc etc.
But no matter what the reason, it's good that less and less sisters and brothers die on the French roads while riding motorcycles and scooters.
Via: Minister of Transport