Motorcycles: Accidents, Injuries, and Fatalities Ali Alsagoor, Abdullah Yousef, Brice Biruta, & Gael Somayire
Overview Introduction to motorcycles Motorcycles versus motor-vehicles Types of motorcycle injuries Motorcycle facts Likelihood of motorcycle fatalities Out of all motorcycle accidents Out of all accidents Out of all fatalities
Overview (…Continued) Fatalities by age group Motorcycles versus motor-vehicles Registration & interesting facts Conclusion & suggestions
Introduction To Motorcycles Motorcycle Single track, two-wheeled motor vehicle Most affordable form of motorized transport in many parts of the world, including U.S. Approximately 200 million motorcycles in use worldwide Highest rate of accident among motorized vehicles
Motorcycles & motor-vehicles Typical driver: Near-automobile accident 1-2 times each month Collision every 6 years Injury rate: 1.2 times higher for motorcycle riders (compared to car riders) Fatality rate: 5.5 times higher for motorcycle riders (compared to car riders)
Motorcycle Accident Facts Of motorcycle riders in fatal crashes: 36% were speeding 26% did not have valid licenses 27% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08 percent. Decline in helmet use: Helmet use declined 20% in 6 years (2001-2006)
PA Resident Fatalities PA fatalities: 225 Nationwide fatalities: 5,154 4.37%of 2007 fatalities were PA residents
Likelihood of a motorcycle fatality (out of all motorcycle accidents) 4,111 motorcycle accidents in PA 225 accidents = fatal The likelihood of a motorcycle fatality is 5.4%
Likelihood of a motorcycle fatality (out of all accidents)?
Registered vehicles: fatalities & miles traveled
Registered Motorcycles Today 75% more registered motorcycles today than 10 years ago( 1999= 4,152,433) Today there are about 7,266,758registered motorcycles
Registered Motorcycles & Fatal Accidents # of registered bikes expected to be involved in a fatal accident: 5,427 This includes 1,682riders from our age group (30 years and younger) It also includes approximately 1,000 riders who were speeding Out of the 5,427could have been saved by wearing a helmet
Miles Traveled Per Motorcycle Total vehicle miles traveled = 10.5 k Total number of registered bikes today = 7,266,758 Each motorcycle travels an average of 690miles.
Interesting Facts In America , 75.19 per 100,000 fatal crashes occur per registered motorcycle vehicle compared to 18.62 for 100,000 registered vehicles . The U.S has non-profit motorcycle safety organizations like MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) to prevent and reduce accidents.
Conclusion Based on injury and fatality rates, motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured or die in an accident (compared to people riding in a car). The most common motorcycle injuries result in admission to a trauma center. Most motorcycle fatalities involve people age 40 and over.
Suggestions New safety precautions Required safety trainings Stricter helmet laws (because of usage decline) Frequent riding tests to renew licenses Updated, enforced laws Higher fines for speeding (36% speeding in fatal) License validation checks (26% not valid in fatal) Alcohol checks (27% high BAC in fatal)