Highlands roads among top 10 most dangerous in Scotland for bikers

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The A82 in the Highlands and Argyll, and the A83 in Argyll are among the top 10 most dangerous roads in Scotland for motorcyclists.

The A82 in the Highland was ranked the most dangerous, with the A83 in Argyll and Bute second, and the A82 in Argyll and Bute ranked sixth.

However, Scotland is statistically the UK’s third safest area, with London the most dangerous.

The government data analysis was conducted by Swinton Insurance and found that Scotland had 391 motorbike accidents in 2017. This was more than 3,200 less than the most dangerous place, London, and just over 200 more than the safest, the North East.

Nationally, motorbike accident rates are declining. Every region except London has seen a decrease in accident rates, with Scotland seeing a 13 per cent decrease year-on-year.

Even though accident rates are declining overall by 5 per cent, there is still work to be done. The data findings uncovered a shocking statistic – one in three motorbike accidents are serious or fatal. Friday is the most dangerous day of the week for motorcyclists, and Saturdays have become more dangerous year-on-year. Midday on Sunday is the time that the most fatal or serious accidents occur, with the second being Thursdays at 5pm during commuting traffic.

Most accidents involve riders on motorcycles with engines of 500cc or bigger, suggesting that accidents are happening with enthusiasts, not commuters. Some 83 per cent of crashes also occur during fine weather, with 71 per cent of motorbike accidents happen on A-roads, making them the most dangerous for riders.

The data found that young men were most at risk, with 92 per cent of crash victims being male, and 37 per cent aged 25 and under.

To view the data, visit www.swinton.co.uk/motorbike-insurance/guides/dangerous-roads-motorbike-riders/