A pensioner was sent to the hospital after getting hit by a running Honda motorbike along Market Street in Leigh.
Fighting for his life
The elderly man in his 70s is reportedly fighting for his life after the accident. He suffered serious head injuries and is in critical condition after being taken to the hospital.The Honda motorbike rider, another man in his 50s, suffered from minor injuries and is also in the hospital.
The incident happened last Monday, September 10, at 2:20 pm. The pedestrian was at the corner of Market Street and Lord Street when he collided with the motorcycle. The Greater Manchester Police has launched an investigation, and is encouraging witnesses to come forward and speak regarding the incident. Pete Cunningham from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit has expressed that they would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident, especially if they have foot ages on their dashcams, or if they saw the motorcycle before the collision occurred. No arrests have been made, but they are keen to talk to witnesses to further understand what went down. The accident happened in broad daylight at a busy part of the town, so they believe that there could have been a lot of witnesses who could give those details regarding what happened.
In a study conducted in June 2015, the number of motorcycling incidents that has killed or seriously injured people in the UK has decreased by 76% since 1979. This was a decline from 21,277 from 1979 to 5,197 in 2013. The average deaths per week reached 6, while serious injuries was at 94 by 2013 as well.
Fatalities due to motorcycle incidents has been steadily declining over the years, with the exception of some peaks and troughs in some years. The highest annual number of fatalities was recorded in 1930. There were 1,832 deaths that year. 2012 was the lowest at 328. It has been stable since 2010. 2010 has the lowest percentage of injuries at 4,780.
Majority of the incidents involved riders below 25 years old, while riders aged 41 to 50 is at second place. The research has discovered that riders under 25 tend to ride less powerful bikes, while older motorcyclists are more likely to ride more powerful ones. The former accounts for 57% of KSIs with engines up to 125cc, while the latter take up 55% of KSIs with 500cc engine size and more.