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Extensive Accident Study In Europe - Report

  Posted at 07:22:07 AM
  File under  Statistics Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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The Association Of European Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) have published an excellent and detailed report after an extensive study of motorcycle accidents. The investigation was conducted during 3 years, and involved 921 accidents in  European countries (Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain and Germany).

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In short, the report, called MAIDS, reports that 37% of all accidents, the motorcyclist was at fault (human error). The legal fault might not have been the riders', but the accident was caused by the motorcyclist not paying attention.

"Only" 5% of accidents were caused by alcohol (by the motorcyclist). That's very low compared to cages. Also, riders between 41 and 55 years have a very low risk of having an accident, while motorcyclist between ages 18 and 25 have a very high risk.

of accidents, the other vehicle was at fault (however, other vehicles, such as cars, driven by a motorcyclist are less likely to have an accident with bikes, since they are more in tune with motorcycles). 90% of these accidents were because the other vehicle (read cage) did not see the motorcycle ! 60% of all accidents involved a car !

Interestingly enough, only 1% of all accidents involved technical problems on the motorcycle, most of them related to the tires !!!!

In 70% of all accidents, the motorcycle was travelling below 50 kph ! 18% of all cases, the motorcycle was travelling at a significant speed difference with the other vehicles (either faster OR slower).

The report details much, much more information. Road conditions, clothing, helmets, accident avoidance, etc.

You can obtain a copy of the report (free, in PDF format) by clicking here - you'll need to register.
It's long, but a good read if you're interested in finding out more about accidents, and what causes them.

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