| The first European-wide study of its kind yielded some interesting data. Results of standardised investigations into 921 accidents from France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy carried out by the Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers has been made public.
From a press release, the Association highlighted a few of the findings to dispel popular (car driving) perception - the rider is always to blame.”
Have a look at some of these intriguing statistics:
- In 50% of cases, the primary contributing factor was human error on the part of the other driver (read car driver).
- Among the primary contributing factors, over 70% of the other driver's errors were failure to see the PTW (powered two wheeler, motorcycle), however, other vehicle drivers who also held a motorcycle licence were more likely to see another motorcycle.
- In 37% of cases, the primary contributing factor was a human error on the part of the motorcycle rider.
- In over 70% of the cases the motorcycle impact speeds were below 50km/h.
- In accident situations, the other driver was found to have committed more traffic violations (18%) than the motorcycle rider (8%).
- Over 73% of all motorcycle riders attempted some sort of collision avoidance immediately prior to impact. Of these, 32% experienced some type of loss of control during the manoeuvre.
- In 18% of all cases, motorcycle travelling speeds were either greater or less than the surrounding traffic flow and this speed difference was considered to be a contributing factor.
European MAIDS (Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study) Interesting () 08/03 09:19 AM
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