This paper describes the creation of a motorcycle accident data base during the performance of a study for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The objective of the study was to determine the status of motorcycle accident data, to determine causal factors of accidents, to identify voids in the information, and to suggest a basis for future improved educational and public information programs. A motorcycle accident typology was devised to identify accident categories for which specific countermeasures could be designed. On the basis of the distribution of 1,191 motorcycle accidents in Maryland in 1973,600 police accident reports were sampled in order to represent the six most prevalent accident types. Using this typology permitted the identification of accident culpability (who or what was at fault) and of primary and secondary causation factors for factors for each of the accident types. A primary product of the study, which is described in detail in this paper, was the identification of statistically significant differences between accident types on each of the 54 accident variables coded.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 44-51
  • Monograph Title: Roadside hazards and safety improvements
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023963
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM