ANALYSIS OF FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASHES: CRASH TYPING

There were 2074 crashes fatal to a motorcycle driver in the United States during 1992. A computer program was developed to convert Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) data for these crashes into standard format English language "crash reports". The computer generated reports were analyzed and crash type categories were defined. Five defined crash type categories accounted for 1785 (86%) of the 2074 crash events: ran off-road (41%); ran traffic control (18%); oncoming or head-on (11%); left-turn oncoming (8%); and motorcyclist down (7%). Alcohol and excessive speed were common factors associated with motorcyclist crash involvement. Left turns and failure to yield were common factors associated with the involvement of other motorists. Suggested countermeasures include helmet use and enforcement of speed and impaired driving laws.

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  • Authors:
    • Preusser, D F
    • Williams, A F
    • Ulmer, R G
  • Publication Date: 1995-12

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00715231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 22 1996 12:00AM