A study of motorcycle fatalities in the period 1977-1983 in the county of Funen, Denmark was compared with an analysis of data obtained from the Accident Register at the Odense University Hospital. Among the operators killed, one-fifth were illegally operating the motorcycle. A remarkable statistical difference in distribution of accidents involving motorcycles and the total distribution of motorcycles in the county. There is an overrepresentation of heavy motorcycles in the present study. No important differences were found in the distribution of type of accidents compared to other studies. All but one victim were tested for blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). The results differ from previous studies in as much as 50% of the killed operators of an accident involving motorcycles had a BAC above 0.08%. The reported distribution by age, licensing experience and size of motorcycles in fatal motorcycle accidents seem to support introduction of a graduated licence depending on motorcycle size as well as operator age. Furthermore a limitation in the right to carry a pillion passenger should be considered, and the operator of the motorcycle carrying a pillion passenger should be held responsible for the passenger wearing a helmet.

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    Elsevier Scientific Publishers Ireland Limited

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  • Authors:
    • LARSEN, C F
    • Hardt-Madsen, M
  • Publication Date: 1988

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  • Accession Number: 00488400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1989 12:00AM