Moped Crashes Are Just as Dangerous as Motorcycle Crashes

This study investigated injury severity in moped (or motorized scooter) crashes as compared to motorcycle crashes. Statistical analysis was done on University of Louisville hospital records for patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency department between 2010 and 2014 due to moped or motorcycle crashes (1,291 patients). Of this group 81.6% (1,053) were motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers and 18.4% (238) were moped drivers or moped passengers. Rate of specific injuries and injury patterns for each vehicle type are analyzed. Injury severity score for motorcycles was higher than mopeds (15.2 versus 13.9), but mortality was equivalent (7.5% versus 7.6%). It is determined that while differences in injury pattern exist, overall severe injuries and fatalities occur at a similar rate for motorcycles and mopeds. Additional data includes demographics, comorbidities, helmet use, and toxicology.


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  • Accession Number: 01680387
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:56PM