THE MAGNITUDE AND NATURE OF THE MOTORCYCLE CRASH PROBLEM IN AUSTRALIA

Motorcyclist casualties have risen dramatically in the last few years in Australia although, in large part, this has been a function of the boom in motorcycle popularity. In terms of kilometres travelled, motorcyclying is clearly the most dangerous mode of personal transport. The paper discusses the current magnitude of the motorcycle accident problem, sets it in the context of the total road safety problem and examines recent trends in detail. Data relating to accident circumstances are reviewed and inferences drawn as to major "causative" factors. Several major factors are apparent. Motorcycles are relatively unstable machines and are basically incompatible (as are cyclists and pedestrians) with the prevailing traffic. Motorcycles offer very little protection leaving the riders ulnerable to injury in even a relatively minor crash. Finally motorcycles, and their riders are relatively inconspicuous to other road users therefore raising the probability of a crash occurring. Motorcyclists involved in crashes are disproportionately male, young, inexperienced and riding high capacity machines. The interplay of these factors and the role of alcohol are discussed at some length. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transport, Australia

    Canberra, A.C.T,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Johnston, I R
  • Publication Date: 1977-5-20

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184514
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM