INJURY MECHANISMS IN MOTORCYCLE COLLOSIONS

Important advances have been accomplished during the past decade in reducing the injury severity for occupants in automobile collisions. This reduction has in part resulted from research into crash dynamics and the mechanism of occupant injury. There has been some research into motorcycle dynamics, but very little research into the mechanism of injury and injury severity. A clinical analysis of motorcycle collisions in Southern California was performed to evaluate the patterns of injury, mechanisms of injury and source of injury. The injuries were found to derive from three primary sources: the motorcycle, the object struck and the surface. The different injury patterns are discussed with reference to crash dynamics, impact location on struck vehicle and rider impact kinematics and post-collision trajectories. Certain conclusions and recommendations are drawn with respect to motorcycle modifications for injury reduction, motorcycle visibility during daylight hours and accident causation.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Trauma Research Group-Authers 17th Conference. Proceedings. AAAM
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    801 Green Bay Road
    Lake Bluff, IL  United States  60044
  • Authors:
    • Hight, P V
    • SIEGEL, A W
    • Nahum, A M
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00260884
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM