There is no protective metal around motorcyclists – which makes cycling a very dangerous hobby. The number of accidents and injuries in the country is increasing.
The number of motorcycle accidents in Baden-Württemberg has recently increased significantly. In the first half of the year, there were 2,055 accidents – an increase of 15.2 percent over the same period last year, according to the German news agency DPA, citing the Ministry of the Interior.
Strobel: The concept of avoiding fatal motorcycle accidents is taking hold
Home Secretary Thomas Strobel (CDU) commented on the statistics: “Nearly 26 per cent fewer motorcyclists are killed, showing that notions of avoiding fatal motorbike accidents work.” Police screened more than 5,500 motorcyclists during the first nationwide motorcycle drive in May. Strobel emphasized that prevention work will continue and that pressure for controls will continue. “More than 2,000 motorcycle accidents in the first six months is too many, and the number of seriously injured people is unfortunately still high. We are not stopping.”
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1,121 accidents were caused by the motorcyclists themselves – but that number increased by only 3.4 percent. According to the ministry, those involved were injured in four out of five accidents. 23 passengers died in accidents in the first half of the year. In the same period last year, 31,545 passengers and passengers were seriously injured, up 1.1 percent from the first half of 2021. 1,142 passengers and passengers sustained minor injuries, up 16.3 percent from the same period last year.
Technical deficiencies are especially noticeable during inspections
According to the ministry, more than 12,300 motorcycles were inspected in about 750 control measures in the first half of 2022. More than 3,700 violations were identified. Irregularities are primarily due to technical defects. “What we cannot give up are motorcycles that are technically tampered with,” said Strobel of the German news agency DPA. “Especially when changes are made to exhaust systems, we take targeted action against motorcyclists who use excessively noisy machinery. Police are also checking if motorbikes can be stopped on site – illegal tuners often get more than a fine from this.”
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Speed violations were reported in about 1,050 cases. The ministry announced that it intends to adhere to the five-point plan to reduce motorcycle accidents: defusing dangerous roads, strict monitoring, technological screening offers, raising awareness of risks among “over 50” bikers and offensive public relations.