ANALYSIS OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT REPORTS AND STATISTICS

A study of motorcycle accidents was conducted to determine what is available in the research literature as well as in the state and national computer accident files. The study was to determine four points: motorcycle causal relationships which are normally complex, efficacy of both motorcycle and motorcycle rider safety equipment, efficacy of existing motorcycle operating practices, operator knowledge skills and attitudes. The study lasted from October 1973 to February 1974. It consisted of three tasks: an evaluation of the existing motorcycle accident related literature, a detailed analysis of current motorcycle accidents, and the grouping of the findings into educational and accident data oriented programs. Detailed motorcycle accident information is not available in the literature in the following areas: motorcycle operator physical impairments, education and training, motorcycle conspicuity, identification of culpability and of primary and secondary motorcycle accident causation factors. The NHTSA has significant information relating to motorcycle accidents at three levels: Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigations, Michigan-Illinois Data Base, National Accident Summary Data Base. The 1971 National Accident Summary File indicates statistical facts about most motorcycle accident. Analysis of the MSF-Maryland Data Base has permitted identification of accident culpability, primary and secondary causal accident data voids, and significant differences between motorcycle accident types. The University of Michigan M/C Task Analysis revealed comparison of accident data to principals of operation. Recommendations have been broken into immediate and long range programs. /MW/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Linthicum, Maryland.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Biotechnology, Incorporated

    3027 Rosemary Lane
    Falls Church, VA  United States  22042
  • Authors:
    • REISS, M L
    • Berger, W G
    • Vallette, G R
  • Publication Date: 1974-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 132 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127546
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM