This interim project report presents preliminary findings regarding motorcycle accident fatalities in Illinois. The project is designed to identify those factors which controbute to fatal motorcycle accidents. The findings are the result of 1975 case studies of motorcycle accidents which were conducted in the latter months of 1975 and the first several months of 1976. Preliminary analysis indicates that the following factors contribute to motorcycle accident fatalities: Seasonal and daily occurrence. The frequency of motorcycle fatalities follows a seasonal and daily pattern that reflects periods of peak motorcycle usage. Motorcycle Operator Driver Qualifications. Motorcycle operators involved in fatal 1975 motorcycle accidents appear to have driving records of dubious quality. Safety Helmets. The head was the most injured part of the anatomy (83.3%) in motorcycle accident fatalities. Accident Responsibility. Accident causality can be divided into the areas of primary and secondary causality. Case studies in 1975 indicate that the motorcycle operator is the most common primary and secondary cause of motorcycle accidents. The report also includes a section presenting profiles of relevant accident components present in the 1975 fatal motorcycle accidents.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Division of Traffic Safety, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway
    Springfield, IL  United States  62764
  • Authors:
    • Faenger, E H
    • Mills, W H
  • Publication Date: 1976-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM