Increase in road motorcycle accidents

THERE has been an increase in the number of motorcycle incidents being attended by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance service.

The wet weather has been blamed for the rise in accidents on the county’s roads.

An air ambulance spokesman said: “Motorcycle accidents account for about eight per cent of calls responded to by The Air Ambulance Service, but this figure increases in the spring and summer months.

“Both Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, which fall under the umbrella of air ambulance service, have attended seven motorcycle incidents in just five days recently.”

Coventry air base manager Philippa Gibbs added: “We often see trends in the different types of accidents that we attend, and unfortunately one of these trends is the increase in motorcycle accidents in the spring time. We’d urge motorcyclists to take extra care even in good weather conditions, and also for motorists to be extra aware of motorcycles on the road.”

The service has signed up new charity ambassadors – TV travel adventurer Charley Boorman and former World Superbike champion James Toseland.