In a study which provides both accident and exposure information from the same sample of individuals, a random sample of 2277 motorcyclists in Ontario, Canada were interviewed concerning their travel patterns, accident history, and personal characteristics. Results show that, relative to exposure, accidents occurred more frequently when a rider was traveling alone, without his headlight on, and on a trip in the city. A discriminant function analysis was conducted to identify the variables which differentiated accident-involved from accident-free riders. After miles traveled had been controlled as a contributing factor, age, the report of riding after consuming alcohol, the number of months licensed, and marital status were the discriminating variables. In the high-accident group (15-19 year old, single, individuals who reported riding after drinking and had held a license less than two years) 53% of the respondents had been involved in an accident in the last four years, and 20% had been injured. In the lowest accident group (26 years old or older, married, never rides after drinking, licensed for more than five years), only 14.8% had been in an accident in the last four years and only 1.6% had been in an injury accident. When exposure (km. ridden) is taken into account, these differences increase dramatically, with the high-risk group having an accident rate 18 times greater than the low-risk group. Possible countermeasures suggested include raising the licensing age and an alcohol interlock on motorcycles.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 702, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 3, p 1131-51.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Bragg, BWE
    • Dawson, N E
    • Jonah, B A
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00390514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 710
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM