MOTORCYCLISTS' INJURIES AND INJURY SOURCES FROM TWO ON-SITE STUDIES - VOLUME ONE

Multidisciplinary teams conducted in-depth on-site studies of 148 motorcycle casualty crashes in New South Wales between 1976 and 1979. For this report a history was extracted for each recorded injury. Each history attempted to include vehicular approach movements, crash dynamics, occupant kinematics and injury sources. Previous studies of motorcyclists' injury sources were also reviewed. Listings and tables of injuries were then compiled for evaluation of each injury source. The approach movements of other drivers appeared to be consistent with a lack of conspicuity of the motorcycle or lack of regard by the driver. There appeared to be room for more effective defensive crash avoidance procedures by riders. For example, braking techniques could be improved. The most frequent injury sources were cars, then the road surface, followed by roadside furniture, motorbikes and the natural roadside environment. When considering only the most serious injuries, cars scored highest followed by trucks and roadside furniture. In terms of unsurvivable injuries trucks were the most frequent source, then cars. Whilst this report described the sources of injury the study itself proceeded to evaluation of the various possible countermeasures. Volume two of the report, the contents of which are listed in volume one, will not be published. Inquiries should be directed to the author. (TRRL)

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    New South Wales Traffic Authority

    Traffic Accident Research Unit, 56 Rothchild Avenue
    Rosebery, New South Wales 2018,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • GRIFFITHS, M
  • Publication Date: 1983-3

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  • Accession Number: 00389231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-7240-6995-X
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 1/83 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM