The results are presented of a survey of bike-trailer mishaps. The survey was designed to develop information on (1) what kinds of trailers are most involved, (2) what kind of accidents are the most common, and (3) whether the trailers contributed to the accident consequences, and if so, in what way. Although it was concluded that not enough information was generated to form any solid conclusions, some points were worthy of note: pilot error was the most common cause of motorcycle/trailer accidents; pulling trailers is not clearly unsafe, but probably increases the chance of an accident; trailers do not always add to the consequences of an accident nor do they prevent an accident from getting worse; rear tire failure occurs frequently making inspection and early replacement a vital element in trailer pulling. These and other findings are discussed.

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    Fancy Publications Incorporated

    P.O. Box 6050
    Mission Viejo, CA  United States  92690
  • Authors:
    • Brobst, B
  • Publication Date: 1987-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 42-45
  • Serial:
    • Road Rider
    • Publisher: Fancy Publications Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0035-7243

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00490269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 365
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1990 12:00AM