Dynamics of Motorcycle Crashes – A Survey

Riders of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds who have been involved in a collision over the last ten years, are being invited to take part in a survey which is looking at the dynamics of motorcycle crashes.

A cooperative initiative carried out by a team of motorcycle crash investigative analysts is interested in your views as motorcyclists.

The analysts are: Stephane Espie, Research Director IFSTTAR, France; Elaine Hardy Motorcycle Research Analyst, UK;   Dimitris Margaritis, Research Associate, CERTH/HIT; Greece; James Ouellet, Hurt Report co-author, USA; Martin Winkelbauer, Senior Researcher, KFV, Austria.

All members of this team have been involved in motorcycle crash investigation studies over the years and are all motorcyclists.

The survey expands on a 2016 pilot study of 61 crash-involved riders from various countries including Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  All had been riding an ABS-equipped motorcycle when they crashed.  The findings of the pilot study found that the correlation between speed and serious injuries was random and indicated that riders overwhelmingly recognised the risk of injury and thus wore protective clothing and helmets.

In order to have a better understanding of the dynamics of motorcycle crashes this new survey expands the pilot study to cover eight different languages: French, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek and English. (To find the different languages there is a drop down menu at the start of the survey.)

The survey will be disseminated throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, South America and beyond.

This time the survey looks at motorcycles with and without ABS in order to provide a comprehensive comparison of these braking systems.

Riders are asked 39 questions divided into four sections: 1) About you and your motorcycle; 2) Background; 3) Crash Details; 4) Comments. None of the questions is mandatory and responses are anonymous.

Riders’ Perspective

From a rider’s perspective, we are constantly being criticized for speeding, being risky or being responsible for our own crashes and injuries.  But we know that it’s not that simple, in fact it’s complicated and it would be really helpful to understand what happens, how it happens and why it happens.

There are numerous factors that need to be considered in all crashes and it’s time that you the rider gave your perspective about the circumstances.   The survey will remain live for six months and the aim is to produce a report for the beginning of 2020.

Dynamics of Motorcycle Crashes Survey – Click Here

For further information regarding this survey please contact Dr Elaine Hardy E-mail

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  1. Steve Ramsey says

    Had an accident in 2011. Van driver blamed me saying I was speeding because I wasn’t there then I hit the van. The van was turning across a two lane road, turning right. I was in the bus lane as allowed in Belfast. The case took 7 years to get sorted out. PPS not interested as it was my word against his. I ended up with three breaks in my lower right leg. Bad back, shoulders and neck and two huge scars on my leg.

    • Investigative Research Northern Ireland says

      Sorry to hear about your crash and the time it got to get sorted.

      Please fill in the survey, your crash and the dynamics of your crash and injuries is just what is required – Dynamics of Motorcycle Crashes Survey – Click Here

  2. Owen Anderson says

    It would be both interesting and valuable to collect and compare circumstantial data on close calls.

    • Hi Owen

      In 2009 I carried out a – Near Miss Study of Motorcycles – I hope you find this interesting.

      A Study of Motorcyclists in Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and Great Britain

      During the months of May through to July 2009, a survey of 257 motorcyclists in Ireland (Northern and Southern) and Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) was carried out through the internet.

      In conclusion, “near miss” reporting offers authorities, road safety organisations, and researchers the opportunity to develop clearer and more meaningful strategies to reduce road casualties, through further research and even by developing a system of self-reporting.

      View document – pdf – 1.83mb – Click Here

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