Injury patterns and epidemiologic data from 211 moped accident victims and 214 motorcycle accident casualties admitted to hospital over a 5-year period were analyzed and compared. Differences in injury pattern, sex ratio, cause of accident, and age distribution were noted. Among mopedists, head injuries were more common but these injuries decreased significantly after the adoption of the helmet laws for mopedists in 1978. Of those injured in moped accidents, 21% were 60 years old or older and accounted for 56% of fatalities in this group. The most frequent cause of moped accidents was collison with a car, and overturning or running off the road in motorcycle accidents. The differnce in injury severity was unexpectedly small, although there was a tendency toward more severe injuries in motorcyclists. The need for formal registration, driving license, and helmet use laws for mopeds was apparent.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • Matzsch, T
  • Publication Date: 1986-6

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  • Accession Number: 00495933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 957
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1990 12:00AM