AGE, EXPERIENCE AND MOTORCYCLE ENGINE CAPACITY IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

The high level of involvement in motorcycle accidents of young riders, inexperienced riders and motorcycles with high engine capacity has been recognised for some time. Little is known, however of the interaction between these factors or of their relative importance when exposure to risk is taken into account. A study based on south Australian data was undertaken late in 1973 to provide information on these isses. It compared a number of characteristics of a sample of motorcycles, and their usual riders, involved in accidents with those for a sample not involved in accidents in the year ending 31 March 1973. The present paper is based on a re-analysis of the data collected. High accident probabilities were found for motorcycles with engine capacities above 250 cc, for riders aged 25 years or less and for riders with less than two years riding experience. The highest accident probabilities were found for motorcycles above 250 cc usually ridden by young, inexperienced riders. The implications of these findings for the licensing of motorcyclists are discussed. /Author/ 222982.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-23

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00145311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0 909996 96 2
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM