What We Do / Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

On average, every week in the UK: 

  • 6 motorcyclists will be killed 
  • 94 motorcyclists will be seriously injured in a road collision
  • Over 19,000 motorcyclists will be injured in a collision in the UK every year

When a motorcyclist has a collision, at speed; there are no roll cages, no seat belt tensioners, and often no crumple zones and no airbags. The simple fact is that the forces that the rider are subjected are so great in a crash, that the injuries sustained are often un-survivable. If the rider does survive, they are often left with crippling injuries. 

Dr Ian Mew is an intensive care consultant on the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Chris Smith is an advanced police motorcyclist. They saw first-hand the catastrophic results that occur when a motorcycle collision occurs and so started the DocBike project. The first and only charity in the world, dedicated solely to motorcycle injury prevention. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way….. 

Unique research carried out by the DocBike charity in the UK using Trauma Audit & Research Network data combined with police crash investigations show that up to 80% of these collisions could be avoided all together, if we equip motorcyclists with the abilities to recognise the warning signs when they’re riding and give them the skills to avoid the crash. 

Unknown Unknowns!

Donald Rumsfelt got a lot of stick for his speech on what people know they know and what they know they don’t know; but it’s the things we don’t know that we don’t know that are the issue. But he nailed it with regards why experienced motorcyclists crash. There is knowledge and riding skills that we can equip motorcyclists with, that will help to prevent them from being involved in a motorcycle collision, but we have to engage with them first to make them aware of the unknown unknowns first and that’s where the DocBike comes into its element. 

Being a Doctor or Paramedic emergency motorcycle and especially when associated with the local air ambulance service, acts as a real draw for motorcyclists to come and chat, find out more and support the DocBike in their area. By getting involved with the charity, they support its values and help to change the culture of riding in their area to that of bikers who know how to handle their bikes, have fun, but also know how to avoid being in a bike crash. 

Research and Evidence Base

The DocBike charity isn’t about riding around on a flashy bike and achieving little. Research and evidence base form the cornerstones of the charity. We use research to: 

  • Identify those motorcyclists who are most likely to be involved in a serious collision in the future 
  • Identify what things are most likely to get a biker killed or seriously injured 
  • Work out what strategies actually work to avoid being in a bike crash 
  • Look at whether the way that we engage with motorcyclists actually reduces their risk of being in a crash in the future. 

Read more about our Research and Evidence Base.

We Don’t Keep our Findings to Ourselves! 

We are passionate about sharing what we discover through our engagement and research with others around the country and around the world. We work with a large number of government and non-government partners to help make a real difference. Working collaboratively with no other agenda, other than to keep motorcyclists on two wheels.  

The DocBike charity also presents its findings at major events around the UK on a regular basis, including to date: 

  • The National Major Trauma Networks conference 
  • The Association of Air Ambulances conference 
  • The National Fire Bikes conference 
  • The National Fire Chief’s Council’s Road Safety Seminar 
  • The National Institute for Health Research Seminar on Research Partnerships 
  • The Road Safety GB conference 
  • The Trauma Care conference 

Read more about our Partnership Working.