Study reveals contributors to motorcycle crashes
From Quick Notes, Highway Safety Manager Brent Jennings
Note: In 2010, with the implementation of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the committee has been committed to reducing fatal and serious injury motorcycle related crashes. One of the projects the team has been working on for the last several months is the Motorcycle Safety Fatality Summary, using crash report data from 2009-2010. The next step will be to include serious injury data. You should find the results surprising.
There were 34 fatalities in 2009 and 28 fatalities in 2010 included in 59 reports. Three reports include two victims. Five of the 62 fatalities were passengers. The following chart is a sampling of causation factors. Some crashes include one or more factors. While it is possible that some of the single-vehicle crashes may have been affected by an unreported animal or other vehicle, there is no data, physical evidence, or statements within the reports to support such occurrences. (Note: It is a coincidence that the totals for single- and multi-vehicle fatalities match the yearly totals.)