Motorcycle crash report - Study findings

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Safehaven, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Safehaven

    Safehaven Active Member

    I was reading about likely crash causes and came across this report from 2006 conducted in the greater Washington Area.

    The report was the first large scale study since the (in)famous HURT report conducted ages ago.

    You can read the full report here

    but if you have a short attention span these were the main things to remember:

    • The vast majority of fatalities occur during daylight hours, in dry weather. (obviously..)
    • Half of fatal crashes were single vehicle occurrences; no other vehicle was involved other than the motorcycles. When alcohol is involved, two-thirds of fatal crashes are single vehicle occurrences. (Makes me want to go out and practice my technique more often..)
    • A third of fatalities were motorcyclists who did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement. (This one scared me, this means that the same is most likely true for car drivers)

    The Task Force concluded that, while there are multiple contributions to motorcycle
    crashes that result in fatalities or serious injuries, it appears that the most important
    factors are within the control of the rider. Efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries
    should focus on rider skill and behavior.

    Happy reading and stay safe out there!

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  2. jaceddie

    jaceddie Junior Member

    Good info Safehaven! Also, cages running into the rear of motorcycles happen quite often too. Keep your eyes in the rear view mirror when stopped and have a escape route just in case.
  3. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    Great info, even if most of it is obvious if you've been riding for more than a week or so.

    I also remember from the MSF BRC that a majority of the single motorcycle crashes happen to riders who have NO training or safety course experience at all. Self taught or a buddy showed them everything they need to know. Sometimes experience can be a harsh or even deadly teacher! Spending a couple days at a MSF or HD course is well worth it.
  4. bwalsh22

    bwalsh22 Junior Member

    Also, wear a helmet. Check the studies on helmets and states without helmet laws. Fatalities rise.
  5. Safehaven

    Safehaven Active Member

    True, most things in the report have gone around the block and came back looking all fresh :) I think it can't hurt to refresh our memories though.

    A while ago I was convinced that rear-end scenario's were rare, but after reading more about it I'm starting to set up my escape routes religiously.
  6. rick1062

    rick1062 Active Member

    Thanks for the uplifting report.

    Actually it is better than it could be. At least pointing the finger back at the rider means, we have some control. I could use some of that.
  7. jody7734

    jody7734 Active Member

    Seems like a lot of accident related nws on here of late. Might be good to refresh / test your perception here Rider Perception
  8. horizonchaser

    horizonchaser Senior Member Contributor

    Thanks for that Jody. It was very useful.
  9. threesteps

    threesteps Junior Member

    Thanks for the info.
  10. Gold4484

    Gold4484 Active Member Contributor

    Ya know, in the 37 years of being in the EMS field, I have seen ALOT. And unfortunately it will only get WORSE. There are so many more of us riding, and way to many cagers in to much of a hurry. Seems like this generation is all about the gimmee gimmee gimmee...I'm in a OWE me....and outta my way.
    WE, HAVE to be on the extra alert status every time we get on the bike. I'm getting to old to keep picking up the pieces anymore. But that's my job, and I'm sticking to it! :D