A STUDY OF IDAHO MOTORCYCLISTS INJURED IN 1974 ACCIDENTS

A summary of this study is presented and the following findings are listed: 1. There were 7.67 motorcyclists strongly in support of the mandatory helmet law for every 1 strongly opposed to the law. 2. Of motorcyclists who wore helmets, 84.7% indicated that the helmet reduced injury and 8.7% voluntarily added that it saved their lives. 4. Neck injuries were very rare in the severity A (incapacitating) injuries. 5. Over half of the respondents were at least 20 years old. 6. Motorcyclists over 35 years old comprised 20.7% of the respondents. 7. A few motorcyclists (2.6%) had less than one month motoryclcing experience, but 75.6% had more than one year motorcycling experience. 8. Analysis of medical costs and days lost by severity code indicates that the injury severity codes marked by investigating officers are accurate indications of injury severity. 9. The opinion survey was favorable to motorcycle licensing with written and traffic exams, but not favorable toward off-road driving exams. 10. The opinion survey was favorable toward motorcycle training courses, with reservations on funding and administration. 11. The opinion survey supported the importance of eye protectoin but was not favourable toward a law requiring full-time eye protection. 12. Annual motorcycle mileage estimates varied greatly with an average somewhere between 3500 and 4500 miles per year. 13. Single motorcycle accidents predominately occurred in rural areas during daylight hours, while motorcycle accidents involving a car or truck occurred mostly in urban areas during daylight hours. 14. There was a marked difference in urban and rural accidents by injury severity type. Over half of a the A injury severity accidents occurred in rural areas, while B and C injury severity accidents occurred mostly in urban areas. 15. Automobile driver awareness of and courtesy toward motorcyclists was determined to be the primary single factor in motorcycle collisions. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Idaho State Traffic Safety Commission

    2419 West State Street
    Boise, ID  USA  83702
  • Publication Date: 1976-1

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM